Tibet offering incentives to lure high-end talent

Updated: Apr 7, 2023 By CHENG SI CHINA DAILY Print
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Tsering Pedron speaks with patients during her visit to a nursing home in Ngari prefecture, Tibet autonomous region. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Tibet autonomous region, which is thirsty for high-end talent to boost its socioeconomic development, has launched supportive policies for entrepreneurship and rolled out financial rewards to lure professionals.

At a road show organized by the region's government in Beijing on Tuesday, the regional government released a talent incentive scheme, saying that the region is in urgent need of four types of professionals: academicians; young, top-notch Chinese scientists; entrepreneurs who have developed state-of-the-art technologies; and other highly skilled workers who can promote the region's stability, economy and environmental development.

Talent who come to the region can receive a minimum subsidy of 200,000 yuan ($29,000) and as much as 2 million yuan per person, according to the incentive scheme.

They could also receive other incentives in terms of accommodation, education and healthcare.

For example, temporary housing will be offered in structures that are at least 70 square meters, and the workers' underage children will be granted admission into the region's schools.

Furthermore, the professionals will be given preferential treatment in terms of financial support, tax reductions, transportation and lecture opportunities, according to the incentive scheme.

People or agencies that successfully introduce talent to the region will be given a financial reward of 100,000 yuan.

The region's authorities are also making efforts to encourage the professionals to apply for research projects and start their own businesses by giving them financial rewards and loans.

Entrepreneurs who have developed world-class technologies — setting themselves up to be nominated as State-level academicians — can apply to undertake research projects that will receive funding of up to 10 million yuan. Those who win the projects will also receive an annual living allowance of 200,000 yuan for five years.

Lai Jiao, a member of the standing committee of the region's Communist Party of China Committee, said at the road show in Beijing that the region not only has a rich history but also breathtaking scenery that could attract talent from other countries.

He said that top-notch talent is key to the region's development.

"We've always put 'talent' at a strategic status and established more sound mechanism to lure talent and keep them staying. We never make empty talk, and we spare every effort to create a fair and good living and working environment for these talent," he said.

Li Jiaming, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said at the road show that he is pleased to see that the region is developing well and that he hopes that skilled talent, especially young people, will use their knowledge to contribute to the nation's development.

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