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Official: Botswana Casino Act Lacks Restrictions

9 December 2005

BOTSWANA – As reported by the Mmegi News: "The Chairman of the Botswana Casino Control Board, Lekwalo Mosienyane has said the Casino Act does not have restrictions on casino advertisement nor restrictions on the time casinos may remain open.

"Presenting a paper on the impact of gambling at last week's Game Regulators Africa Forum annual conference, Mosienyane said these and other factors have contributed to an increase in problem gambling in the country. He added that the incidence or prevalence of problem gambling in the country has not yet been quantified but is however estimated at one percent of the gambling patronage.

"…Mosienyane said in 2003, the government conducted a study which concluded that the pieces of legislation regulating gambling were outdated and need to be updated. He said a Gaming and Gambling Policy was passed by Parliament in 2002, calling for the establishment of a National Lottery and stoppages of issuance of additional casinos for areas where casinos were already in existence.

"He noted that the Casino Control Board has since placed a moratorium on issuance of casino licences pending the production of a National Gaming and Gambling Plan…"

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