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2009-02-03: [source:The Island] Deyata Kirula Exhibition tomorrow
2008-07-24: [source:Daily News] SAARC Summit a platform to promote tourism
2003-04-20: [source:Observer] Sirimavo Bandaranaika Memorial Exhibition & Convention centre - Official Opening on May 17
1999-05-22: [source:Daily News] Tree Planting Campaign at BMICH
1999-05-07: [source:Daily News] BMICH to get exhibition hall and international study centre
1999-05-07: International Exhibition Centre at BMICH
1999-05-01: [source:Lake House] BMICH’s enhanced majesty
1998-05-10: [source:Lake House] Another outright gift from Chinese Govt - Modern convention hall next door to BMICH
1998-05-09: [source:Weekend Express] B.M.I.C.H. – 25th anniversary
1983-05-21: [source:SUN] Tenth Anniversary of BMICH
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The construction of the Bandaranaike Memorial International conference Hall was assigned to my Ministry of Housing and Construction, and right from the start, I have followed the progress of work on this project with close personal attention. I am therefore, extremely happy to send this message on the opening of the Hall.
As long ago as September 1970 My Ministry organized a shramadane campaign to clear the site. The Prime Minister, cabinet Ministers, Members of the then parliament, state officers of all ranks, trade unionists and members of the public from all parts of the island took part in this work, which was interrupted only by the outbreak of the insurgency in 1971.

The main work of constructing this hall was done by a team of workers, technicians, and engineers from the people’s republic of China and their counterparts in the Department of Buildings under my Ministry. The close cooperation and fraternity established between the two teems who were able to support and learn from each other, was a decisive factor in binging about the speedy completion of this project 4 months ahead of schedule, and with a saving of Rs.3 million in local expenditure and an estimated saving of about Rs.15 million in imported materials.

I must express my thanks to the Chinese technical team who worked on this project, I am deeply impressed by the dedication, skill and capacity to work with our personnel which they always displayed. I also express my thanks to the workers, technicians and the engineers of the Department of Buildings who were engaged on the construction of this hall. In the course of their work they have acquired new techniques and a sense of discipline which will stand them in good stead of the future.

I express the hope that this Impressive Hall, with its wide range of amenities, will be the venue of many international conferences and thereby help not only to bring greater understanding among people abroad of the problems of t he people of Sri Lanka, but also consolidate international friendship and co-operation.

The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference hall will also be a monument to the friendship and co-operation of the people of Sri Lanka and those of the People ’s Republic of China.

Finally, may I say how very much I appreciate the opportunity of having been associated with the construction of this Hall.

Pieter Keuneman,
Minister of Housing & Construction