Lofty Goals

Southasia - - ON RECORD -

The goal of the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment to be self-suf­fi­cient in fuel by the year 2020, though com­mend­able, seems a bit far-fetched. As the writer of the ar­ti­cle points out, one of the big­gest prob­lems the coun­try faces is in­creased fuel con­sump­tion. Cur­rently, Sri Lanka re­lies on mas­sive im­ports of crude oil and other re­fined petroleum prod­ucts in or­der to counter the ris­ing de­mand, re­sult­ing in im­bal­anced trade. With so much de­pen­dency on fuel, hav­ing to switch to in­dige­nous fuel re­sources would mean slowly ta­per­ing off the im­ports of crude oil in or­der to bring about the swift in­tro­duc­tion of its nat­u­ral re­place­ment.

Although the de­ci­sion does rep­re­sent the gov­ern­ment’s de­sire for in­creased eco­nomic growth while not com­pro­mis­ing the needs of the public, it is still go­ing to have to tackle this sit­u­a­tion with the ut­most care.

Andy Mi­randa

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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