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Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (also known as BMICH) is a convention center located in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Given by the People's Republic of China as a gift, the conference hall was built in honor of the foreign policy of  S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 1956 to 1959. 

The BMICH is managed by the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation established on 4 February 1975.

History
The construction of the hall was initiated on 24 November 1970, by the then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Sirimavo Bandaranaike. The Chinese government donated LKR 35 million towards the construction as a gift to the people of Sri Lanka. On 17 May 1973, the completed conference hall was ceremoniously declared open by S. Bandaranaike.

In 2000, the construction work of the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre was commenced in the same premises with the help of China. Built in memory of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the first stateswoman in the world, the exhibition centre was officially opened in 2003.

Building
The octagonal shaped BMICH building was designed by Dai Niancy who is said to be a prominent figure in the history of modern Chinese architecture (Lu, 2010). The building comprises the main conference & concert hall, delegates lounge, banquet hall and press lounge.

Summary
1970 - China and Sri Lanka signed the agreement.
1973 - Opening ceremony of BMICH.
1973 - International Rubber Conference.
1974 - 4th Commonwealth Medical Conference.
1976 - 5th Non-Aligned Movement Summit.
1983 - Commencement of renting office spaces for government organizations.
1991 - 6th SAARC Summit.
1998 - 10th SAARC Summit.
2000 - Construction of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition & Convention Centre.
2003 - Opening of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition & Convention Centre.
2005 - Opening of Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS).
2008 - 15th SAARC Summit.
2009 - Opening of Mihilaka Medura and Kamatha.
2012 - Refurbishment of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition & Convention Centre.
2013 - 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
2014 - World Conference on Youth.
2017 - United Nations Vesak Festival

References
1) Lu, D. ed., 2010. Third world modernism: architecture, development and identity. Routledge.
2) Official website of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - .BMICH#History

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This page was last updated on 15 September 2019

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