LHASA, Feb. 12, 2019 -- Online retail sales in Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region surged 58.5 percent year on year in 2018, the regional commerce department said Monday.
Feb. 12, 2019 -- The head of an e-commerce service station (left) in the Tibet autonomous region introduces a local specialty to a customer. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Online retail sales totaled 4.87 billion yuan (around 720 million US dollars) last year, the department said.
About 2.17 million people are using the Internet frequently in Tibet, about two-thirds of the regional population.
E-commerce is among a raft of measures Tibet has taken to boost employment and cast off poverty for herders and farmers.
"We'll promote the development of the Internet-based logistics, deepening our work in poverty alleviation through e-commerce and expanding sales channels for agricultural products," said Penpa, head of the department.
Tibet is among China's fastest growing provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, posting double-digit GDP growth for 26 consecutive years. Its GDP in 2018 was estimated at more than 140 billion yuan, up about 10 percent from 2017.