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Antigua protests US anti-gaming law

11 October 2006

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA -- As reported by Tax-News: "Antigua and Barbuda's Minister of Finance, Dr Errol Cort, just returned from a visit to the US to persuade officials to accept the WTO's anti-US ruling on Internet gambling, has expressed shock and dismay at the passage by Congress of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.

"Stated Dr Cort: "It is remarkable that on the heels of our visit, during the course of which we highlighted the desire of Antigua to amicably work together with the United States Government in ensuring the safe delivery of these services to consumers in America, the Congress should choose to further protect their remote domestic industry at the cost of countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, where these services are highly regulated."

"...Antigua-based operators are thought to account for 25% of the estimated $12 billion wagered online by American punters every year..."

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