HE the President declared opens refurbished BMICH
His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the refurbished Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) at a function held at the BMICH premises yesterday evening (24th October).
The Prime Minister Hon. DM Jayarathne and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa were also present at the grand opening ceremony.
BMICH is the premier location for international conferences, plenary sessions, trade and academic shows, and other large-scale events. The Sixth Non-Aligned Conference (1976) and two SAARC Conferences (1991 & 1998) were also among them. The renovation process had been taken place after 40 years with the assistance of the Chinese Government. The main conference hall, six committee rooms, the cinema, banquet hall and other facilities have been completely refurbished.
On par with the reopening ceremony a number of entertainment programmes have been organized in the evenings of 25th and 26th October at the venue for general public and musical extravaganza ‘Sonduru Samarum Meyuru Sugayum’ will also be displayed. Classic musical show of renowned artists including Maestro Pandith Amaradewa, Latha Walpola, Sanath Nandasiri, Sunil Edirisinghe and Edward Jayakody will be displayed with the orchestral conduct of Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe.
Stage-dramas ‘Wikurthi’ and ‘Singhabahu’ will be showcased on 26th October, 1500 Hrs onwards. Stage-dramas are exclusively free and further information could be obtained via 011 2686181.
Initially the BMICH was declared open in 1973 and it was an outright gift from the Government of People’s Republic of China in the memory of former Prime Minister Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike (1956-59).
The refurbishment of the building complex was seen and the Chinese Government most willingly accepted the renovation and project costs were also entirely borne by the Chinese Government. It is the first time ever BMICH underwent such a major refurbishment since its inception. Most of the main conference activities and sessions of the Commonwealth Heads of the Government meeting (CHOGM) will take place at the BMICH from November 10 to 17. It is now accessible for the differently-able individuals too, according to the added new features of separate elevators, toilet facilities in all committee rooms including the main hall.
Ministers, foreign diplomats, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weerethunga, Director General of the BMICH, renowned artists and a large distinguished gathering were present at the occasion.