(TibetanReview.net, Mar 27, 2009) — China said its Tibet Autonomous Region government will invest 1.596 billion yuan to boost economic and social development in the border regions. “The government aims to achieve seven goals within five years (2006-2010): to improve infrastructure construction, reduce poverty occurrence, improve public services, increase economic development capability, boost border trade, better protect ecological environment, and strengthen social security,” said the official Xinhuanet Mar 25 (sourced from Tibet Daily).
The aim is to ensure that by 2010-end, electrification coverage will be 85 percent and television and broadcast coverage not less than 80 percent in the border counties and townships. By then, the whole population there will have access to safe drinking water, 25,000 residential houses will be renovated, the report added.
Regarding the allocation of investment, the report said 536 million yuan would go to infrastructure construction, 313 million to social causes, 340 million to leading industries, and 407 million to construction of new socialist countryside and industrial structure adjustment.