A high-level Indian delegation called on Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Sunday and briefed him on the developments in the jointly identified priority areas for bilateral collaboration in the crucial energy sector.
President Wickremesinghe provided his insights on the early implementation of these initiatives when the delegation led by Pankaj Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, met him, the Indian High Commission here said.
It said India would gift Sri Lanka 500 solar-powered indoor cooking systems.
The Lanka India Oil Company (LIOC), the local operator of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), said the visiting Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Natural Gas, Jain, and Chairman IOC Shrikant Madhav Vaidya had earlier visited the Trincomalee eastern Sri Lanka’s IOC terminal.
Sri Lanka and India run a joint venture storing fuel in the World War II-era storage tanks in Trincomalee.
In January last year, Sri Lanka formally signed an agreement with India to jointly develop the oil tank farms in Trincomalee. The joint venture was finalised amid growing concerns over China’s influence in the island nation.
Jain had inaugurated three new LIOC retail fuel sheds in their ongoing expansion while addressing the chamber of commerce and attending a meeting of chief executive officers of leading Indian businesses based in Sri Lanka.
Chairman IOC Vaidya said he was delighted to have met former World Cup-winning Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
The top-level Indian delegation in the petroleum sector is expected to have extensive talks with their Lankan counterparts for further collaboration, LIOC said.