Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer, says Prime Minister Simpson Miller did not make a mistake when she told Parliament last month that United States President, Barack Obama will be making a state visit to Jamaica.

Mr. Obama is to arrive in Jamaica tomorrow evening and leave on Thursday.

Representatives of the United States Embassy in Kingston told our news center this morning that President Obama’s arrival should be referred to as a visit and not a state visit.

A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state to a foreign country, at the invitation of that country’s head of state — in Jamaica’s case that wouold’ve the Governor-General.

The GG would also act as the official host for the duration of the state visit.

State visits are considered to be the highest expression of friendly bilateral relations between two sovereign states, and are generally characterised by an emphasis on official public ceremonies.

The Information Minister says Prime Minister Simpson Miller did not make an error when she addressed Parliament.

But Senator Falconer says the Government is currently referring to President’s Obama’s pending arrival as a visit.


Senator Falconer was pressed for clarity.

She insisted that Prime Minister Simpson Miller did not misinform Parliament.


Sandrea Falconer, Information Minister addressing a Jamaica House media briefing this afternoon.