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Governor-General’s Remarks for the Swearing In Of Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Greetings,   We meet today to signal the start of a new phase in the life of our nation. Thank you for joining us live for this ceremony on all the multimedia platforms. I begin by extending formal congratulations to the Prime Minister Designate whom his Parliamentary Colleagues and the people of Jamaica have chosen once again for this high office. Our country is blessed with traditions and systems which allow for good order in the governance of the nation,...

Governor-General Pays Tribute to Reverend Dr. George Simpson

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed  regret at the news of the recent passing of  the Reverend Dr. George Vincent Simpson, OD, former President of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) and the Jamaica Council of Churches,  and retired pastor of the Mount Carey Baptist Church in St. James. Reverend Simpson had a long and distinguished career in Christian ministry, having served for over three decades as the Pastor of the Mount Carey Baptist Church, and previously as Pastor of the...

Governor-General Swears in Mr. Hugh Faulkner as The New Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years. Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be guided by equity, fairness and good character in executing his responsibility. Mr. Faulkner previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, and...

GG Suspends Use of GCMG Insignia

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image.  This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the  image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color. Additionally, The Governor-General  has asked his  Office to initiate an immediate review of  all insignias and...

The Governor-General’s Insignia of The Order of St. Michael and St. George

The Office of The Governor-General wishes to acknowledge and address the attention being brought to the Governor-General’s Star of The Order of St. Michael and St. George.   Named in honour of two military saints, it dates back to the 19th century in commemoration of the British protectorate over the Ionian Islands and Malta. Initially intended for its inhabitants and British citizens, today the order is given to diplomats, foreign service officers, men and women who hold high office and...