China says Tibet to grow by 10 percent in 2009 བོད་སྐད།

Tibet should see its economy grow by 10 percent in 2009 following deadly riots last year, state media reported Wednesday, even though the region potentially faces more political turmoil.

Qiangba Puncog, the regional governor, gave the forecast in a report to the local legislative session that opened Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. By comparison, experts say overall economic growth in China may fall below 8 percent this year.

Tibet's economy grew by 10.1 percent last year, Xinhua said, quoting Puncog. Per capita income for farmers and herders rose 13.7 percent to 3,170 ($464) yuan, it said.

Information for this report was provided by AP.