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Jamaica to host international gaming conference

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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T he International Association of Gaming Regulators has selected Jamaica as the destination for its 2019 Conference. The conference will take place in Montego Bay at the Half Moon from September 30 – October 3.

The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) consists of representatives from gaming regulatory organisations throughout the world. The mission of IAGR is to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of gaming regulation by providing a forum in which gaming regulators can meet, exchange views and information, and discuss policy issues among themselves and with representatives of the international gaming industry. Further, IAGR provides a means of fostering cooperation between gaming regulators in the performance of their official duties and a central point of contact for inquiries from governments, gaming regulatory agencies and personnel, and representatives of the international gaming industry.

IAGR's 2019 will be titled 'Regulating the Game', and will focus on how regulators can foster a secure, vibrant, innovative, safe and responsible industry.

The conference will bring together senior international gambling regulatory leaders, as well as industry stakeholders, to connect and share knowledge and to hear from leading experts about known and emerging issues and trends across the industry. It is an unmatched event in the gambling regulatory calendar that provides the opportunity for participants to discuss leading thinking in regulatory policy and practice, and access international perspectives and insights.

“We are honoured that IAGR has recognised our place in the global gaming industry by selecting Jamaica as the destination for its 2019 conference,” said Clovis Metcalfe,chairman of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and the Casino Gaming Commission. “Jamaica is increasingly gaining the attention of the international gaming industry as evidenced by the fact that Audrey Robinson, secretary/manager for the Casino Gaming Commission, is the 2nd Jamaican to serve on the Board of Trustees for IAGR, and we hosted our first international gaming industry conference here in 2017.”

“Our team has been working closely with the IAGR Conference Planning Committee for some months on the arrangements for the conference, and we look forward to welcoming our colleague regulators from jurisdictions across the globe,” he continued.

IAGR President Trude Felde, senior advisor at the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority, also commented on the selection of Jamaica for IAGR 2019.

“Each year we take our conference to a different continent,” she revealed. “Last year Europe was our destination with the Conference taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The year before we were in South Africa. I am delighted that that the Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and Casino Gaming Commission of Jamaica have offered to host the 2019 Conference. I hope this location will enable members from the Caribbean and Americas who may have been unable to travel to Europe and further afield, to join us.”

“IAGR 2019 is an unrivalled opportunity for delegates to connect with and hear from senior gaming regulators and leading researchers and experts and access the latest international insights on emerging trends and issues and help shape regulatory approaches,” Felde added. “We're really excited to announce the details of our four-day program for IAGR 2019, which follows our hugely successful call for speakers. We'll be delivering a thought-provoking mix of keynote speakers, expert analysis and panel discussions on everything from responsible gambling and behavioural insights to the role of AI and big data in gaming regulation.”

Key themes to be explored at IAGR 2019 include risk and crisis prevention and response, responsive regulation theory and practice, strategic interviewing and detecting deception, cybersecurity, blockchain and gaming, behavioural insights nudging gaming regulation, the future of responsible gambling, sports betting integrity and match fixing, as well as anti-money laundering & counter financing of terrorism.


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