" Deputy Mayor Zhang Xiuwu said the conversion from a prefecture to a city means a simplified administrative approval procedure, which is much helpful for the economic development of the area with higher efficiency."
Beijing, Dec 18 - The Tibet Autonomous Region in China now has a new city after Xigaze was upgraded and inaugurated to become the third prefecture-level city in the region Thursday.

The inauguration of Xigaze City is a milestone throughout the area's history, which marks its development entering into a new era, Xinhua quoted Zhang Hongbo, mayor of the new city, as saying.

As part of the status upgrade, the city's Communist Party committee, people's congress standing committee, government and political advisory body were established.

Located at an altitude of more than 3,800 metres, Xigaze is now the third prefecture-level city in Tibet after the regional capital Lhasa and Qamdo.

With a population of 780,000, or one fourth of the total in Tibet, Xigaze was previously known as a prefecture. Its gross domestic product surged by 62.5 times to 14.5 billion yuan ($2.3 billion) in 2014 from 56 million yuan in 1964.

Deputy Mayor Zhang Xiuwu said the conversion from a prefecture to a city means a simplified administrative approval procedure, which is much helpful for the economic development of the area with higher efficiency.

The prefecture, as an administrative branch office of the regional government rather than a government itself, had no right to approve many administrative affairs. With the city government established today, many administrative affairs can be approved within the city directly, without having to be submitted to the regional capital Lhasa for approval, he said.


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