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Special> China's Tibet: Facts & Figures> Economy
UPDATED: October 29, 2008  
Implementation of the 11th Five-Year Program

Lhasa Liuwo Bridge, the first modern overpass, was built in 2007.

In January 2007, the Central Government officially approved the Scheme on the Items in the Five-Year (2006-2010) Plan of Tibet Autonomous Region, making an investment of 77.88 billion Yuan for the construction of 180 projects. If all are completed, the total investment will surpass 100 billion Yuan.

Of the total, the Central Government is handling 33 projects for improving the production and living conditions of farmers and herders, including seed projects, an artificial fodder and grass seed breeding base, support system of weather science and technology for preventing and reducing disasters of the farming and animal husbandry industries, the security project concerning drinking water in rural areas, power construction in the area without electricity, the hydropower station in counties and towns, and characteristic industrial production base of farming and animal husband industries, with a total investment of 21.9 billion Yuan.

The second kind is infrastructure construction covers traffic, energy resources, irrigation works and communications, including the extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Xigaze, the reconstruction of the Qinghai-Tibet, Sichuan-Tibet, Yunnan-Tibet, Xinjiang-Tibet and China-Nepal trunk roads, the construction of inter-county roads, frontier defense and roads to ports, the building of Ngari Shiquanhe Airport, the reconstruction and extension of Qamdo Bangda Airport, Xigaze Peace Airport and Lhasa Konggar Airport. Another 60 projects such as several hydropower stations and Ngari Grid-connected PV power station will also gain an investment of 67.96 billion Yuan.

The third kind refers to social undertaking construction regarding education, health, science and technology and culture and eco-environment protection projects, including 56 projects such as the protection of the key cultural relics, the radio and TV broadcasting coverage to each village, the protection of natural forest resources, withdrawing from herding and returning grass to the natural plain, the conversion of cropland to forest, forestation in Lhasa and its surrounding areas, sand prevention and control in southeast Tibet, disposal facilities for medical and dangerous wastes, garbage and sewage treatment, with a total investment of 12.29 billion Yuan.

At present, among the 180 items, 139 are under construction. At the end of 2007, the actual State investment reached over 11 billion Yuan, an increase of 24 percent on a comparable basis (excluding the investment in the section of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in Tibet). The investment raised publicly added up to 8.45 billion Yuan, up 29 percent; and the aid funds for Tibet reached 600 million. So far, a total of 20.2 billion Yuan has been actually invested in the 180 items, accounting for 26 percent of the total planned investment.

(China's Tibet Facts and Figures 2008)

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