Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has informed the Energy Ministry to prioritise the tourism sector when distributing gas and fuel as the country faced a shortage in both commodities due to a foreign exchange crisis, an official said.
An official from the Tourism Ministry told Xinhua news agency that Ranatunga held discussions with the Energy Minister last week so that the tourism sector could continue operations without any setbacks.
During discussions, Ranatunga pointed out that it was in the national interest to provide assistance to the tourism industry as the sector was one of the largest foreign exchange earners.
Sri Lanka has in recent months been facing a foreign exchange shortage, which has led to a fuel, gas and power crisis.
In a televised speech on Wednesday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged people to remain patient while the government was in discussions with friendly nations and the International Monetary Fund to come out of this shortage. (Source: IANS)