ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state-owned power utility, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) was lambasted by a government policy maker for avoiding a forum held by the energy regulator to discuss the island’s power sector.
Harsha De Silva, Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, said senior CEB officials would be dealt with for not being present on the Energy Forum 2017 panel held by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).
“The CEB general manager is not here and we are talking about electricity,” he said in his opening remarks.
“What is the anxiety attack the man has got?” De Silva asked. “If the CEB is not able to take part in a public discussion there’s no point in entertaining these sorts of people.”
“Let me express our deep disappointment that the CEB has been very unprofessional by not participating in this important forum. We will deal with this appropriately in time to come.”
De Silva said the island’s power sector was facing complex and important issues with delays in approving new generating capacity having the potential to create a crisis in future.
(COLOMBO, October 26, 2017)