British High Commission


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    The British High Commission represents the British Government in its relations with the Government of Jamaica and promotes British interests in Jamaica, working to the British Government's international priorities.

    Our mission statement is to advance UK interests by working, through a joined-up approach, to encourage and support Jamaica’s vision of a sustainable, secure, just and equitable society. The High Commission in Kingston is one of the largest British Diplomatic missions in the Americas.

    1. Political and Media– The political section of the High Commission supports Jamaica’s efforts to establish and sustain the rule of law and an effective judicial system within a human rights framework, in order to reduce the negative impact of drugs and international crime on the UK and to help promote Jamaican development. It also manages several bilateral programme budgets and has overall responsibility for the Chevening Scholarship programme in Jamaica.

    2. The Department for International Development (DFID)– Is responsible for implementing the UK's development assistance programme. Its priority is to work with the Government of Jamaica towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

    3. UK Visas– Visa section is responsible for providing visa and entry clearance services for those wanting to travel to the UK.

    4. UK Pensions– The pensions section provides a service to those entitled to British state pensions now living in Jamaica.

    5. Trade and Investment– UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is the UK Government's trade and investment promotion vehicle. UKTI works proactively to facilitate UK exports through the provision of support services to UK companies interested in exporting goods and services to Jamaica.

    6. British Council– Works to assist with the education reform agenda and to foster closer links between British and Jamaican educational establishments. The Council is also responsible for managing the Chevening Scholarship scheme in Jamaica on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.