Chancery and Protocol Division
This Division is responsible for all State protocol.
Officers advise on matters of State protocol to the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Cabinet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, other government agencies, and on request, the general public.
The Division advises on the application of conventions, formalities, courtesies and roles of official protocol and etiquette in respect of state, official and social occasions involving the Hon Prime Minister.
The Unit plans, arranges and executes programmes for visiting Heads of State, Heads of Government and other High Ranking Officials.
Professionals in protocol liaise with the Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Sport and other agencies regarding all State and National events in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Among the important ceremonies are the installation and inauguration ceremonies of State Officials that are planned in conjunction with King’s House. These Officials include the Governor-General, Prime Minister and Ministers of Government.
Along with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and all other relevant organisations, the Division is involved in the co-ordination and execution of State and Official funerals.
Visitors of the Prime Minister will be welcomed by protocol officers who will ensure that their stay is comfortable and that the correct etiquette and state procedures are observed.
The Protocol Department
The Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
The Chancery of the Orders of the Societies of Honour
This is the Office of the National Honour Societies. Each year, the public is invited to nominate persons to be considered for the eight national honours and awards. Nominations open in January of each year and close at the end of March.
Nomination forms are available as of January each year from the Chancery, Jamaica House, and also from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Awards are announced in the press on Independence Day, August 6. The awards are presented by the Governor General on National Heroes Day, which is the third Monday in October.
Schedule of Awards
Medal of Honour for the Uniformed Services – March
Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education – May
Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Services to Jamaica – August
Biennial Medal for Science and Technology – September (every other year)
National Honours and Awards (National Heroes Day)