Powering the nation for the future: Sri Lanka Economic Summit tackles energy issues


The 14th annual Sri Lanka Economic Summit which is scheduled to be held from the 9_11 July 2013 in Colombo will have its sixth session discussing about strategies to manage the energy supply and demand in a more efficient manner for the future.

Energy has been gaining prominence for countries as a national issue and for its people with economies increasing their energy consumption and depletion of world’s thermal energy deposits / rise in prices. Sri Lanka as an importer of fuel, amounting to 25% of its total import bill, has been experiencing many issues ranging from pricing fuel and electricity, lack of timely investments in the oil and electricity sectors, implication of rising costs on industries and the households to implications at a macroeconomic level on the fiscal performance and balance of payments.

Dr. Anil Cabraal will deliver his keynote speech on ‘Meeting the energy needs for tomorrow’ during the session. Dr. Anil Cabraal is a co-founder and Director of KMRI Lanka, a renewable energy power development company, an adviser to KMR Infrastructures USA, and an independent consultant in renewable and rural energy. KMRI Lanka is developing a number of dendro power projects in Sri Lanka. Previously, during his 15 years at the World Bank he was responsible for rural and renewable energy development, including guiding the World Bank Group renewable energy and energy efficiency scale up strategy. He contributed and led strategic planning, policy studies and developed financing instruments for renewable energy. His investment projects include grid-connected and off-grid renewable energy in Asia and Africa with projects currently in the Maldives, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Liberia. He launched the joint World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa Program in 2008. He was a contributor to the design of the Scaling up Renewable Energy for Low Income Countries (SREP) facility. He is a contributor to Emergence of Electricity from the Sun: Power to the World; Renewable Power in Developing Countries: Winning the War on Global Warming; Best Practices for Photovoltaic Household Electrification Programs; Designing Sustainable Off-grid Rural Electrification Projects; Photovoltaics for Community Services among others. He received the Professor Robert Hill award for his contributions to photovoltaics for development at the European Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in 2005. He serves on the boards of KMRI Lanka, GVEP International a sustainable energy NGO in the UK and the Sri Lanka Energy Forum. He earned his doctorate in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Maryland, USA in 1978 and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1974.

His speech will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Prof Rohan Samarajeewa, Chairman, LirneAsia (Colombo, Sri Lanka). The distinguished panel consists of Upali Darangama, Additional Secretary (Planning & Development), Ministry of Power and Energy, Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala, Director General, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, E M Piyasena, Project Director, Sapugaskande Oil Refinery Modernization Project, Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and Dr. T L Gunaruwan, Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo.

For more information and registration on the Sri Lanka Economic Summit, please visit www.chamber.lk and contact the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on (+ 94) 11 5588805 0r alikie@chamber.lk

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