LHASA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- A bright future is expected for Tibet through four practical development modes, said a senior official at a forum on the development of Tibet on Tuesday.
Losang Jamcan, chairman of the Tibetan regional government, made a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the two-day forum in the autonomous region's capital of Lhasa.
Losang Jamcan proposed realizing Tibet's goals by the combination of the leap-frog, sustainable, non-balanced and harmonious development.
Around 100 representatives from around the world convened for the forum. Among which, about 40 foreign delegates from Britain, India, the United states and other countries.
Leap-frog development is the basis for solving all problems Tibet is facing and sustainable development is at the core, said Losang Jamcan.
The central government has defined leap-frog development of Tibet based on its weak foundation, comparatively low development level and its large gap with the national level.
Tibet should keep its growth rate and pay attention to its development quality by improving infrastructure, developing characteristic industries and strengthen its self-development abilities, said Losang Jamcan.
Tibet's GDP has maintained double-digit growth for the past two decades. In 2013, the economy of Tibet reached 80.2 billion yuan (13 billion U.S. dollars).
The sustainable development is the core of Tibet's leap-frog development, with structural improvement and good ecological environment, said Losang Jamcan.
"Tibet will never develop at the expense of its environment," he said. "To protect Tibet's environment is the biggest contribution we can make to the nation and even humankind." Tibet is still one of the regions in the world with the best ecological environment.
Tibet has implemented the most strict environmental access system and environmental impact assessment system in the region as the nation's major ecological barrier.
The region will boost gradual development in its three economic zones and provide people of all ethnic groups with fair fundamental public services, he said.
Jointly sponsored by the Information Office of China's State Council and the regional government of Tibet, the forum seeks to gather opportunities and suggestions for Tibet's future.