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Published:Saturday | April 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A KEY player in the implementation of the Jamaica 50 Independence celebrations is sounding a note of caution that if there is an absence of proper coordination of the critical public-sector agencies involved in the activities to stage the major event, the programme could fall apart.

Robert Bryan, project director for Jamaica 50 celebrations, said a critical element of the implementation of the programme was a "properly functioning inter-ministerial committee that would command and coordinate all of the inputs of the public sector to get this thing done".

Fielding questions from journalists at a Jamaica House press briefing this week, Bryan said he had proposed the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee, in addition to the secretariat, for getting the Jamaica 50 implemented in the required time.

He also argued that for the inter-ministerial committee to carry out its task effectively, it needed to be supported by a "mechanism of the permanent secretaries in each of these ministries to ensure that the strategic decisions on policy issues that have to be dealt with can be operationalised in a timely manner".

"Other than that, given where we are, and we need to be blunt about this, if it doesn't get an extraordinary coordination, having put funds in there, then this programme will fail because of the time that we have to implement it."