Jan 26, Colombo: The State of Qatar has expressed willingness to assist Sri Lanka to establish a reliable network for sustainable energy generation and a consortium of top notch companies in the energy sector will join the endeavor.
Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs of Qatar made this pledge when he called on President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning.
The Qatari Minister, congratulating President Rajapaksa on his recent electoral victory, also requested the nomination of a special envoy from Sri Lankan side to further discuss the implementation of the proposal.
Responding to Minister Al Kaabi, President Rajapaksa said he was very interested in getting Qatar's help in generating energy.
It is envisaged that 80% of the country’s future energy requirements will be met with renewable energy, the President said adding that he would nominate Secretary to the President Dr. PB Jayasundara as the representative of the Government of Sri Lanka.
The visiting Minister also invited the President's Secretary to visit Doha to look into related matters. Sri Lanka's plan for power generation will be discussed during the visit. He said the projects of State of Qatar have been successfully implemented in Pakistan and Poland.
President Rajapaksa mentioned that Sri Lanka hopes to further enhance the bilateral relations with Qatar going beyond the energy generation.
“We need the market for our tea, vegetables, especially organic vegetables and fruits. Sri Lanka has a high potential to supply these products to other countries,” President Rajapaksa said.
Responding positively, Qatar's State Minister said his visit to Sri Lanka would be the first step in such a partnership.
Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena and Susil Premajayantha, Qatar Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jassim bin Jaber Al-Sorour and Presidential Advisor Lalith Weeratunga were also present at the discussion.