Karl Henrik Mokkelbost, NGI's Director for Building Construction and Transportation welcomed Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Gamini Wijith Wijayamuni de Zoysa, Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the rest of the delegation of about 40 representatives from Sri Lanka. Mokkelbost briefly described NGI's mission and activities, and of NGI's recent work in Sri Lanka.
Through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NGI has conducted several projects for NBRO (National Building and Research Organization) at Sri Lanka, with mapping of landslides and mass movements due to climate change resulting in heavy precipitation. Dams and sink holes have been investigated by georadar technology, and the use of photo from drones have been used to monitor areas susceptible for mass movements.
Sri Lanka is engaged in plans for development of ocean fish farms, and showed interest in NGI's expertise in anchoring of floating structures in harsh offshore environment.
Pictures from the visit (clockwise from top left) - The distinguished guests listen to NGI's host, Karl Henrik Mokkelbost, Director for Building, Construction and Transportation. NGI's Head of the Laboratory, Morten Sjursen, informas and demonstrates quick clay. The Prime Minister and delegation in the laboratory. Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther in conversation with the Prime Minister. Karl Henrik Mokkelbost followed the delegation outside, after the visit.
After the morning visit at NGI, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe went to meet the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, to engage in a lunch meeting. On the agenda were mutual commercial activities, including ocean fish farming and fisheries, and political and economical reforms.