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Nominations for national awards closes on July 29
The National Awards of Trinidad and Tobago recognise the contributions of citizens and non-nationals who have had a significant and positive impact on the twin-island Republic. They are presented on August 31 every year.
The four categories of awards, listed in order of precedence, are:
• The Order of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is awarded for distinguished and outstanding service to T&T.
• The Chaconia Medal is awarded for long and meritorious service to T&T that promotes the national welfare or strengthens the community spirit.
• The Hummingbird Medal is awarded for loyal and devoted service beneficial to T&T in any field of human endeavour or for gallantry or other humane action.
• The Medal of Merit is awarded for outstanding and meritorious service in the Public Service, the Defense and Protective Services or with Statutory Bodies performing national functions.
All citizens of T&T and non-nationals of distinction, alive or deceased, are eligible to be considered for an award. Any person or organisation wishing to nominate an individual for a National Award should obtain and fill out a Nomination for a National Award form. The closing date for the receipt of nominations is July 29. Nomination forms received after the closing date will not be considered. More information about the National Awards can be obtained from Office of the Prime Minister, Whitehall, 29 Maraval Road, Port of Spain, or call 622-1625.