Sri Lanka seeks Canadian and French assistance to face energy crisis

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka’s Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake has held a meeting with the French and Canadian Ambassadors, in order to find solutions to the expected energy crisis the world including Sri Lanka will face in the 2020.

A delegation including Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, Eric Lavertu and Canadian Ambassador David Mckinnon joined Minister Ravi Karunanayake Monday (21) for the meeting held at the Ministry premises.

The Minister noted that a significant increase in energy demand in the world has been observed due to the expansion of population and technology.

Minister Karunaratne said Sri Lanka has limited resources and needs to find a solution to meet the energy demand in the years to come. “We need to find a permanent solution to the problem,” he added.

The ambassadors said Sri Lanka is ahead of its peers in providing essential infrastructure such as electricity.

The envoys said as a government, paying special attention to the infrastructure facilities for the people in a developing country like Sri Lanka is a great achievement.

Minister Karunanayake also pointed out that the government has taken steps to direct its directives towards renewable energy sources for a cost-effective, uninterrupted power supply without being a burden to the consumers.

He also emphasized that Sri Lanka is hoping to get the energy programs followed by the French and the Canadian governments and technical knowledge to minimize the energy crisis in the country.

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