The state minister of power and water Hon. Chaudhry Abib Sher Ali made this comment during a courtesy call on the minister of power and energy Attorney Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi on 17 August, at the ministry. He further praised the steps taken by Sri Lanka in the power and energy sector, and urged Sri Lankan government to permit the Pakistani power sector to adopt these very effective power management measures as well.
The visiting Pakistani power and water minister also acknowledged the high standards of technology even in the small scale hydro power projects and invited the Sri Lankan representatives to visit Pakistan and tour their mega hydro power projects.
Chaudhry Abib Sher Ali also stated that in Pakistan power supply is being curtailed for several hours daily while also confessing that around 40% of the total power generation is wasted during transmission and distribution. “In this context the progress made by Sri Lanka’s power and energy sector in very significant and praiseworthy. Hence the methodologies used by Sri Lanka in power conservation is of vital importance to Pakistan in minimizing the power wastage that occurs during transmission and distribution,” he said.
Meanwhile the minister of power and energy Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi said that the cordial relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are on a strong footing, and said that the immense support and assistance Pakistan provides in Sri Lanka’s development projects cannot be forgotten. She also expressed willingness to share the experiences in power management with Pakistan. “Due to the straightforward policies maintained by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the friendly ties between the two countries have been further strengthened,” she added.
The Pakistani High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Kasim Qureshi and the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Energy Upali Daranagama were also present during the cordial discussion.