Addressing the ceremony, Minister Seneratne said, the deep-rooted friendship between Sri Lanka and China had lasted for thousands of years. China provided a large amount of assistance to Sri Lanka in various sectors. China has never intervened in the internal affairs of other countries and has donated many projects such as the BMICH, Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center, Superior Courts Complex, etc. This project will be the new landmark of the friendship between the two countries. The Minister expressed his sincere thanks to the Chinese Government and the Chinese People.
Ambassador Yi Xianliang said this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka. Almost everyone in China knows about the Rice-Rubber Pact signed 65 years ago. China and Sri Lanka maintain deep cooperation in broad sectors such as culture, Buddhism, economic cooperation, etc. “About 4 months ago, President Mathipala Sirisena and Chairman Yu Zhengsheng jointly laid the foundation stone for this Project. The grant for this Project is provided by the Chinese Government amounting to Rs. 12.1 billion, equal to nearly 80 million US$. As mentioned by Minister Seneratne, China has never intervened in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka belongs to the people of Sri Lanka forever. The aim of projects financially supported, invested or constructed by the Chinese is only to help the development of Sri Lanka. The Projects will witness the prosperity of Sri Lanka and the friendship of the two countries. Sri Lanka is one of the countries that received the largest amount of Chinese Aid. The health sector is the priority of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Each year, China donates about $ 20 million for the health sector of Sri Lanka. There are two major China-donated hospital projects in Sri Lanka, one is the OPD Project of the National hospital which commences today, and the other is the Kidney disease hospital in Polonnaruwa expected to be initiated in October.”
Ambassador Yi and Minister Seneratne jointly cut the ribbon and declared the commencement of construction of this project.
The 37.9 meters high OPD Complex is located in the center of Colombo, of which the construction area is about 49,150 square meters, with 8 floors’ above ground area of 41,811 square meters and basement area of 7,286 square meters. The construction period is 39 months, expecting completion in December 2020. The project is set to function as an outpatient department complex including emergency and outpatient departments, clinics, medical and technological rooms, logistics and administrative offices, wards, etc. Upon completion, it will become an important local landmark, and will have the capacity to receive about 6,000 patients daaily.
The outpatient building project of the National hospital is a grant project of the Chinese Government to the Sri Lankan Government and an important commemorative project of China-Sri Lanka friendship.
The project is designed by Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Co., Ltd.(BIAD), which is also the designer of Nelum Pokuna Theatre. It will be built by China Railway 25th Bureau Group Co., Ltd. affiliated with China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), which is one of the world top 500 enterprises. The supervision company of the project is BIAD and Shenyang Engineering Supervision Consulting Co., Ltd.