Antigua USA May Resolve WTO Online Gambling Dispute

Published Monday, January 04, 2016 -
Antigua USA May Resolve WTO Online Gambling Dispute

Disputes with the United States usually take a long time to resolve. One such case that that has been in the news for over a decade has been the WTO dispute between the United States of America and Antigua Barbuda the island nation in the Caribbean . The World Trade Organization deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.

According to news reports from the news source Antigua Observer the dispute over the right to offer online betting services in the USA is finally coming to an end. Antigua Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez told local media representatives that Antigua’s government had received and reviewed the US government’s latest offer to resolve the long standing World Trade Organization issue. The case was brought before the WTO, which ruled in favour of Antigua and Barbuda and said the USA unfairly discriminated against the country’s licensed online betting services websites. Antigua maintains that it’s regulated online gambling sites contributed $3 billion to the US economy.

Inaction of the part of both countries is part of the current situation in this case. The WTO ordered the US to compensate Antigua and Barbuda $21 million per year back in 2007 but the deal was never formalized which resulted in the WTO granting Antigua the right to take digital content from US based companies but this action was also not implemented. Antigua and Barbuda Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez has said that Antigua’s government has reviewed a new proposal from the US but declined to offer additional details about the new proposal.

Antigua’s Labor party Prime Minister Gaston Browne has negotiated with US officials in the dispute in an attempt to resolve the old issue and get the American Antiguan relationship back on an even keel. 2016 may be the year the WTO ruling becomes a reality for Antigua but no one is holding their breath.







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