-Gam­ing Author­ity chair­man

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

Needed leg­is­la­tion to reg­u­late the grow­ing gam­ing sec­tor is still to be put in place, ac­cord­ing to Chair­man of the Guyana Gam­ing Author­ity, Roys­dale Forde, who says that a draft bill has been sit­ting at the Cham­bers of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral since last year.

Forde told Stabroek News that the Author­ity is anx­ious to have the bill tabled in the National Assem­bly be­fore the end of the year and he noted that the ab­sence of the leg­is­la­tion is re­sult­ing in great losses to the coun­try’s trea­sury.

He said that a let­ter was penned to At­tor­ney Gen­eral Basil Wil­liams ask­ing for his as­sis­tance in en­sur­ing that the bill is pre­sented. He said that in his re­sponse, Wil­liams agreed that the bill was im­por­tant. How­ever, he added that he along with the other mem­bers of the Author­ity met with the Chief Par­lia­men­tary Coun­sel on no less than seven oc­ca­sions and learnt that the bill “is still un­der some process of re­view.”

Forde told this news­pa­per that he knows that Fi­nance Min­is­ter Win­ston Jor­dan is very ea­ger to have the bill brought be­fore the National Assem­bly and he would be aware that mem­bers of the Author­ity have been meet­ing with the Chief Par­lia­men­tary Coun­sel.

“There is an ur­gent need for leg­is­la­tion that could prop­erly reg­u­late all forms of gam­bling in the coun­try… the trea­sury is los­ing con­sid­er­able amounts of money by the fact that op­er­a­tives in the in­dus­try are not prop­erly reg­u­lated be­cause of the lim­i­ta­tions of the leg­is­la­tion…,” he stressed.

Ac­cord­ing to Forde, if the sec­tor is not prop­erly reg­u­lated, it could ex­pose Guyana to money laun­der­ing sanc­tions after all the work done by gov­ern­ment to limit the coun­try’s ex­po­sure.

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