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PM meets Norwegian business leaders, visits robotic warehouse

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on an official visit to Norway, met with the business community in Oslo on Wednesday. 

At a meeting organized by the Sri Lankan and Norwegian business leaders engaged in trade between the two countries, the Prime Minister elaborated on ways and means of enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries. The Norwegian business community drew Wickremesinghe's attention to problems that are encountered by them with regard to trade practices. The Prime Minister while taking note of these issues, also discussed possible solutions that can be taken promptly to resolve those issues.

The Premier noted that Sri Lanka will actively seek to strengthen the relationship between the two countries as the government continues to build on its plansrelationships and grow trade and investment.

Wickremesinghe also visited XXL’s robotic warehousing facility run by Element Logic and TIQRI. The automated warehouse uses robots to store, package and ship goods to XXL stores and online shoppers. Here, the Premier is received on arrival by senior management of the companies. 


The robotics functions are run by the high technology company for warehouse solutions Element Logics and the software engineering firm Tiqri.

The automated operation allows quick and efficient storage as well as repacking and reshipping.The company explained that garments, other products as well as fish, vegetables and fruits could be stored and packaged.

"We have already drawn up preliminary plans for the establishment of such stores for the development of the fisheries sector," Minister of Fisheries Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa said.

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