A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Scientific and Technical Cooperation was signed between Sri Lanka and Australia in Canberra yesterday Nov 5, which will give Sri Lanka access to Australia’s famed geoscience expertise.
The agreement was signed at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia, by the Chairman of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka (GSMB) W.M.A.S. Iddawela, and the Chief Executive Officer, Geoscience Australia (GA) Dr. James Johnson.
The representatives of Sri Lanka were the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Australia J.C Weliamuna and Senior Director (GSMB) Udaya De Silva. Chief of Resources Division (GA) Dr. Andrew Heap, Assistant Secretary Ian Biggs and Director Lalita Kaur representated the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia.
Collaboration under this MoU includes, geoscientific investigations, research work on on-shore and off-shore mineral occurrences, geothermal energy potential, geospatial analysis, professional training and capacity building, adoption of latest technology and sharing the technology for value addition of minerals and exchanging scientific and technical information.
This MoU will be in effect for a period of five years with a further extension period of three years. The signing ceremony of the MoU was followed by a discussion focusing on areas of mutual interest for future cooperation.
Assistant Secretary Biggs stated that “the signing of the MoU is one of the important achievements following the visits of the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 2017 which would help to strengthen the cooperation between GSMB and GA and explore opportunities and tangible activities with concrete outcome”.