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Life in Tibet: International forum discusses poverty eradication, culture preservation in Chinese region
update:March 12,2021
By:CGTN
March 12,2021 -- An international forum has been held on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council meeting to discuss the economic and cultural situation in China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Cen Ziyuan has more.
 
The International Webinar on poverty alleviation and culture preservation in the Tibet Autonomous Region was attended by experts from China, Nepal and the UK. They discussed Tibet's unique cultural background and its economic development.
 
Subsistence agriculture is the main economic drive in China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Within just a decade, the gross domestic product of the region has quadrupled. The numbers provided by the National Bureau of Statistics shows a jump from 50 billion to 190 billion yuan, which is about 29 billion U.S. dollars.
 
GESANGZHUOMA Deputy Director Institute of Tibetan Social and Economic Studies "The development of Tibet was falling behind due to its historical background, weak economic base, and challenging environmental conditions. Multiple factors contributed to the slow development there."
 
The main priority for the Chinese government in recent years has been to improve people's livelihood all across the country including Tibet and that means better educational resources and job training.
 
GESANGZHUOMA Deputy Director Institute of Tibetan Social and Economic Studies "Our country has paid much attention to improving people's livelihood. A key word has been emphasized a lot here, that is to proceed cautiously. People in Tibet are from different ethnicity backgrounds and the natural conditions can be very harsh."
 
CEN ZIYUAN Beijing "With economic development being put first, many say this has hampered efforts to preserve regional culture and traditions. One Nepali expert compares this with his country's strides in preserving things like traditional Tibetan medicine."
 
But researchers say instead of giving direct cultural support, the government has helped provide the people in Tibet with the necessary tools for self-development.
 
Educational resources and job training have helped empower people and made it easier for them to promote Tibet's cultural diversity.
 
GESANGZHUOMA Deputy Director Institute of Tibetan Social and Economic Studies "By focusing on education in the region, as well as job training and investment, the people there have become more capable of preserving their own culture."
 
With that, people in Tibet can choose and enjoy living a better live. Cen Ziyuan, CGTN, Beijing.


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