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kalons-press-conference-august-8-2012Dharamshala: -- Harvard graduate and Fulbright scholar, Dr Lobsang Sangay, completed his first full year in office Wednesday (8th August 2012) as Tibetan's prime minister in exile. The political leader of Tibet issued a letter elaborating on the progress, achievements, and also the challenges ahead, that the 14th Kashag has made since his inauguration last year, mentioning the Kashag's guiding principles of unity, innovation and self-reliance.

He mentioned in particular the Kashag's ‘energetic outreach effort', a reference to members of the Kashag travelling abroad and disseminating the plight of Tibet to political, religious, social and business leaders, he said ‘' My colleagues in the Kashag have been traveling to various countries and my travels have taken me to seventeen different cities on four continents.

I have met with senior government officials, prominent lawmakers, including the Speaker of the U.S. Congress (John Boehner), well-known media organizations, and other notable world citizens like Nobel Peace Laureates with whom I have highlighted the dire situation in Tibet and sought their support."

Dr Sangay in his letter talked of some of the 14th Kashag's initiatives since August last year: including, the Recruitment Training Program, Tibet Policy Institute, Tibet Corps, and the Tibetan Medicare System. In particular focusing on education, and seeing it as one of his key priority areas; he said that a US$2 million dollar education grant had been secured from the US government, that he hoped to raise academic standards [for all Tibetans in education] and also that he hoped to transfer the management of Central Schools for Tibetans from the Indian government.

In addition, he felt responsibility for Tibetan government affairs had been managed "reasonably well so far, thanks to the unity, solidarity and support from Tibetans in and outside Tibet, and our friends", a reference to the handover of political authority from His Holiness the Dalai Lama last year.

For the future he announced that under his leadership there were plans to further upgrade the CTA's capacity and [to] revitalize the Tibetan settlements in India. Also, following the 2nd Special General Meeting of Tibetans in Dharamshala in September of this year, a Special International Tibet Support Groups Meeting will be held to discuss ways and means to deal with the urgent and critical situation in Tibet.

In conclusion he wrote, ‘'Lastly, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the governments and people across the world, particularly our kind host, India, for their support. I pray for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are profoundly grateful for his continued presence and guidance.

Finally, to my fellow Tibetans in and outside Tibet, I want to reiterate the current Kashag's commitment to fulfill our cherished goal of freedom for the Tibetan people, and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet''.

Kalon Tripa Dr Sangay will address the public today at 4pm in the main temple.

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