US Congressional Delegation to Meet With Antigua Over Online Gambling Trade Dispute

by Lou on November 9, 2007

Antigua’s Finance Minister, Dr. Errol Cort, plans to use a Caribbean business conference that will include some US legislators among its attendees, as a forum to push its case about America’s discriminatory online gambling legislation.

Approximately ten members of Congress will hear from Dr. Cort and his colleagues about the long-running trade dispute before the World Trade Organization (WTO), during the annual Caribbean and Latin American Aquaculture Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cort will press the case Antigua’s case, stating that the US crippled Antigua’s gambling industry by effectively banning Americans from making online wagers. The Antiguans plan to do this in private meetings with members of America’s Congress.
They will also invite US lawmakers to tour the Antigua’s Financial Services Regulatory Commission and some Internet gaming companies to show their visitors that his nation has the capacity to adequately regulate gaming operations.
The US Congress barred American banks and credit card companies from processing online gambling payments last year when it passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which denied access to the American market. As a result, Antigua, has sought $3.4 billion in trade sanctions.

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