- Major US firms in energy sector ready to invest
- Concerns remain on ease of doing business
By Easwaran Rutnam
The United States has offered Sri Lanka support to manage its debt and find a more sustainable path forward.
The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz told journalists at a media roundtable that the Sri Lankan Government must look at its debt burden realistically, practically and think about sustainability going forward.
“It is not necessarily a problem for a government to be carrying debt but it’s got to be able to pay for that debt in a way that doesn’t then exclude its ability to fund all of the other necessary activities of a government, the social networks and other things that are required. The United States would support the government in managing its debt and finding a more sustainable path forward and we’d be happy to have those conversations,” the Ambassador said in response to a question raised at the roundtable.
She said the US has already indicated that it would like to see more economic stability in the country and that it would like to support that.
“We are contributing in a small way to that through our development programmes but we would be happy to have the larger conversation as well,” she said.
Ambassador Teplitz also said that there are major US firms who are in the energy sector who would like to invest in Sri Lanka.
“I hope there are going to be opportunities in this space. Again, there needs to be fair, open, transparent tendering procedures and commitments that can be followed through in order to see those investments come to fruition.