We heard much about the latest CARICOM Summit, but we never heard anything in the Caribbean press about the deal that was made with U.S. Lawmaker Barney Frank from Massachusetts to support online gambling.
Under the leadership of CARICOM Chairman Owen Arthur, Prime Minister of Barbados, Barbados and CARICOM endorsed the Frank’s bill which is aimed at legalizing online gambling for Americans. The Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act will open up the US online gambling market – which means that Barbados would be able to host online gambling websites without fear of incurring the wrath of our Northern neighbour.
Golly… you figure that the PM would have been so proud that all the CARICOM countries finally agreed on something that he would have announced it!
From Poker Listings.com …
Barney Frank’s bill finds more support
In a recent meeting in Barbados, several Caribbean governments came together for the Conference of the Caribbean Community and pledged their support for Rep. Barney Frank’s bill that will legalize and regulate online gambling in the United States.
The members of CARICOM are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
“CARICOM’s endorsement of Congressman Frank’s Internet gambling bill is another significant indication that the U.S. must readdress the way it now treats Internet gambling,” said Jeffrey Sandman, spokesman for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative (SSIGI), which was formed to support regulating the industry in the United States.
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