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Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යාන්තර සම්මන්ත්‍රණ ශාලාව
Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo
General information
Type Convention Centre
Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Completed 1973
Owner Sri Lankan government
Website

The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), is a convention center located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Built between 1970 and 1973 the convention center was a gift from the People's Republic of China in memory of Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) from 1956 to 1959.

The construction of the Hall was carried out by a joint Sri Lankan and Chinese workforce with a considerable portion of the exquisite building materials being imported from China.

In 1998 a small Exhibition Centre was built on the grounds, once again a gift from the People's Republic of China it is named the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre

The BMICH premises is managed by the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation (BNMF) which is chaired by H.E. the President of Sri Lanka.

The BNMF has an academic wing specialized in International Relations, Languages & Cultural Studies named "Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)" located within the BMICH premises.

Facilities

With over 16,000 square feet (93,000 m²) of space, the BMICH is located in the Cinnamon Gardensarea in the heart of Colombo. An up-to-date library with volumes of literature on almost all subjects is available for the use of research for delegates visiting the BMICH. To facilitate with banking and postal needs, a Bank and a Postal Office are located on the Ground floor. Due to the high profile events taking place within the venue the Sri Lanka Police maintains a permanent detachment and the Mount Lavinia Hotel has a restaurant. The Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre has floor area covering 4500 sq. m. consists of two exhibition halls, lobby, dining room, lounge, kitchen and other amenities.

Events

Several high-profile events and exhibitions have been held in the venue, including the Non-Aligned Movement Summit August 16–19, 1976. It is host to the annual EDEX Expo.

Organizations

Found within the large grounds are several government and private organizations. These includes:

External links

  • Official Website
  • New life to Libya-Lanka relations
  • Conference & Banquet facilities available at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)

Coordinates: 06°54′06″N 79°52′22″E / 6.90167°N 79.87278°E / 6.90167; 79.87278

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