Sri Lanka’s Power Minister Kanchana Wijesekara has said that the India-Sri Lanka power grid connectivity project will be finalised in the coming few weeks. Speaking at a dinner organised by the Sri Lanka India Society to commemorate the 74th Republic Day of India and the 75th Independence Day of Sri Lanka yesterday, the Minister said that Sri Lanka will develop Northern and Eastern provinces with a specific focus on Trincomalee with India’s assistance.
He elaborated on the planned projects in terms of port development, industrial zone and energy hub. He recounted the tough twelve-month journey Sri Lanka had endured during the economic difficulties which had gripped the island nation with an acute crisis of forex reserves resulting. He thanked India for helping Sri Lanka through humanitarian assistance, credit lines, and vaccines as well as helping Sri Lanka get approval for IMF funding.
He said the foundation that has been laid over the last year will open up opportunities for businesses in both countries. Mr. Wijesekara said India Energy week held in February this year in Bengaluru showed that India has overtaken the global leaders in the sector.
On the occasion, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay recounted several milestones achieved over the last year in the India Sri Lanka relations. He elaborated on four essential issues of food security, energy security, currency support, and investments in Sri Lanka which were the focus areas. He said that people-centric initiatives like improving connectivity have been at the core of the relations between the two countries.
President of Sri Lanka India Society Kishore Reddy said the assistance India had extended during Sri Lanka’s time of need resonates with the expression “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. He said that hotel Corporation is an important aspect of the relations between the two countries. He said encouraging exchanging and promoting culture is the primary objective of the Sri Lanka India Society. (AIR NEWS)