Antigua optimistic about U.K. white list


After meeting with the U.K. Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe about the U.K. online gambling white list, Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Finance Dr. Errol Cort told the Antigua Sun he is encouraged by the reception the delegation received on the matter.

Earlier in January, the U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that Antigua and Barbuda had not been approved for the online gambling white list. That means online gambling companies based in Antigua and Barbuda can't advertise in the United Kingdom.

Cort led a delegation to the United Kingdom to meet with Sutcliffe yesterday in hopes of having the nation's application for the white list reconsidered.

"We are extremely encouraged by the reception we received from Minister Sutcliffe and his staff," Cort said in the Antigua Sun.

According to Cort, the delegation learned that very little stands in the way of Antigua and Barbuda gaining approval for the white list. He feels confident in the wake of the meeting that the situation will be resolved favorably in the near future.

Joining Cort for the meeting with Sutcliffe were U.K. High Commissioner Dr. Carl Roberts, Deputy Administrator of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission Trevor Mathurin, Director of Gaming Kaye McDonald, gaming regulatory consultant Alan Pedley and legal advisor Mark Mendel.

Cort assembled the team in order to address any questions or concerns Sutcliffe might have regarding Antigua and Barbuda's regulatory efforts.

"We are acknowledged global leaders in the regulation of this industry," McDonald said in the Antigua Sun. "Our standards are the highest in the world and we view the white listing as important to demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards in the supervision and oversight of this dynamic industry."

Cort said he considered the mission an unqualified success and he also thought the meeting showed what governments can accomplish by working cooperatively and openly to resolve issues between them.

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