Tibet development forum wraps up in Lhasa

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Scholars, politicians and journalists from China and abroad wrapped up the Tibet forum in the "holy city" of Lhasa, forging consensus on development of the Chinese autonomous region.

Around 100 delegates from 33 countries and regions including China, Britain, India and the United States pooled collective experience to discuss development strategies for the region during the two-day forum.

The forum, the first international conference themed on the development of Tibet, sought suggestions for Tibet's future development.

The protection of Tibetan culture and environment were also highlighted at the forum.

After the closing ceremony, the "Lhasa Consensus" is expected to be released, highlighting key discussion points for a range of issues including religious freedom, sustainable development and environmental conservation in Tibet.

The forum has played a role in enhancing understanding and friendship, forging consensus and eliminating blind spots, said Cui Yuying, vice head of the Information Office of China' s State Council at the closing ceremony.

"It has brought the delegates' understanding of Tibet to a new height," she said.

Otto Kolbl, researcher at the University of Lausanne of Switzerland, said following thorough discussing delegates on his panel agreed the local people should be put at the center of economic and ecological development in Tibet.

Zhang Yun, director and researcher of Institute of History of China Tibetology Research Center told the closing ceremony his group discussed how Tibet should further develop its tourism and how traditional culture can be preserved while continuing economic development.

The forum was sponsored by the Information Office of China's State Council and the regional government of Tibet.

Following the forum, representatives will conduct field trips in Lhasa and Nyingchi Prefecture.

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