New casino leg­is­la­tion to be in­tro­duced

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

Myan­mar’s govern­ment aims to in­tro­duce new casino leg­is­la­tion which will le­galise and reg­u­late the coun­try’s land-based mar­ket this May. How­ever, it re­mains un­clear if the new law will ap­ply to the self-ad­min­is­tered zones on the bor­der, casino-re­view re­ported.

Myan­mar’s land-based casino mar­ket is set to open with the en­act­ment of the coun­try’s new 2018 Gambling Law in May, which will be re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing 1986 leg­is­la­tion.

The up­dated law was drafted in 2017, fol­low­ing a re­quested from the Min­istry of Ho­tels and Tourism to the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs to al­low casi­nos to op­er­ate as a ser­vice in­dus­try for for­eign­ers in se­lected ho­tels.

While casi­nos are not of­fi­cially per­mit­ted in Myan­mar, some al­ready op­er­ate in bor­der ar­eas such as Taninthayi and Myawaddy, and in the Wa and Kokang self-ad­min­is­tered zones.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, only for­eign­ers will be per­mit­ted to gam­ble in the new casi­nos.

Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

A man walks past an ad­ver­tis­ing for a casino at a road­side in Pangh­sang, also called Pang Kham of au­ton­o­mous Wa re­gion, north-eastern Myan­mar.

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