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 Departments, 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 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 responsible for Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sports 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 Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 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
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
- National Honours and Awards – Civil Honours – August (Independence Day)
- National Honours & Awards – Medal of Honour (Uniformed Services) – May (Labour Day)
- Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education – May/June
- Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica – August (Every five years)
- Biennial Medal for Science and Technology – September (every other year)