GAMING COMMISSION ENGAGES STAKEHOLDERS ON BEST WAYS TO HARNESS POTENTIAL OF THE INDUSTRY
The Gaming Commission has engaged industry players, to find ways and measures to better develop the Gaming Industry, raise gaming to international standards, create a condusive environment for gaming of thrive in Ghana and collate inputs for the Commission’s long term Strategic Business Plan..
At a just ended Stakeholder Forum held in Accra themed, “MEETING EMERGING TRENDS TO PROMOTE GAMING, THE RIGHT WAY”, the stakeholders brainstormed on efforts to streamline activities of gaming operators, as well as measures to stop minors from participating in such games of chance in the country. The Ag. Gaming Commissioner, Mr. Peter Mireku noted that although the gaming industry is growing rapidly, this is not without its problems especially in the areas of problem gaming, underage gambling, money laundering and the proliferation of illegal gaming. He emphasized that the Commission as a regulator, will streamline the gaming environment to address existing issues confronting gaming and to attract and retain operators of the highest standard. Mr. Mireku called on all stakeholders, to help in championing a course which will change gaming from being perceived as a social problem to being perceived as a form of entertainment and a positive force for economic development.
The Deputy Minister for the Interior, Mr. Henry Quartey, in an address to open the forum noted that, “Given the current trend where there is public attention and constant backlash against the Gaming Commission as a regulator, for the influx of slot machines popularly known as ‘jackpot’ machines across the length and breadth of the country without effective supervision and monitoring, your input as stakeholders in tackling this menace is key”. He stressed that government and the Ministry remains committed to promoting a gaming environment where gambling is an enjoyable leisure activity, devoid of societal menace and criminality.
Mr. Quartery called on gaming operators, to offer options that help punters manage their gambling in a responsible manner and give them control over both time and money they spend on gaming. “We should aim at building a sound consumer protection policy. One area of concern is the underage gambling which has resulted in negative perception about the industry. As stakeholders, we should put our wheels together and ensure that we discourage or institute measures that would help keep our young ones safe from engaging in activities not meant for them, whilst the industry thrives. Display your signpost and discourage the young ones.”