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Old 10-31-2003, 12:12 PM
CaptainK CaptainK is offline
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Default Antigua and Barbuda welcomes WTO ruling

Antigua and Barbuda welcomes WTO ruling
31 October 2003

Antigua has welcomed a ruling issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in support of its challenge to the United States rules prohibiting cross border supply of betting and gaming services. This means that the proceeding will now follow the normal course with the United States having to present its full defence on this matter.

In a statement on Thursday, Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to the WTO, said: "Some may have had doubts about the possibility of a small developing country participating in a WTO dispute settlement case on an equal footing with a major economic power such as the United States. The Panel's ruling, however, shows that all WTO Members are indeed equal before the law."

The WTO panel was established on 21 July 2003 to investigate Antigua and Barbuda's claim that the United States violates its commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) by prohibiting the cross-border supply of gambling and betting services from Antigua and Barbuda via the Internet. The European Union, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan have reserved their rights to intervene as third parties in this proceeding.

In its request for preliminary rulings, the United States argued that Antigua's first submission fails to establish a prima facie case of WTO inconsistency with respect to any specific US measure. A final ruling from the panel is expected in the first quarter of 2004.
Source: Caribbean Media Corporation

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Old 10-31-2003, 04:26 PM
PATTON PATTON is offline
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Thanks for this update. I think this is a VERY interesting case, and can't believe your story has not garnered more hits today than it has.

This is not the final ruling, to be sure, but it is a very encouraging development - the US must address this case in the same manner as any other trade dispute over steel, textiles, etc.

The US media are not reporting on this case and if Antigua wins, it will be a BIG deal.

BTW, is the "K" for "Kirk"?
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Old 10-31-2003, 04:46 PM
CaptainK CaptainK is offline
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I agree Patton.

I also found interesting the countries that reserved the right to intervene. Does Canada do this to protect its small but significant gaming software industry? It's hard to imagine that. Taiwan makes sense since they continue to fight online gaming (remember the problems with Sportingbet). Japan and Mexico? Why?

By the way, no, "K" is not for Kirk, although I am a Star Trek fan and my dad (prior to meeting my mom) dated Shattner's sister for a while in Montreal in the 60s.
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Old 10-31-2003, 05:41 PM
KidVegas KidVegas is offline
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This is good news but as one poster pointed out if the U.S.A. does'nt like the ruling they just ignore it. Kind of like the U.N. If the U.S. does'nt like their rulings they just do what they want. I am now understanding why the world is hating Americans more and more.
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Old 10-31-2003, 05:43 PM
alysheba88 alysheba88 is offline
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Depending on what goes down with this futures bet situation, Antigua could get a lot of credibility by investigating Intertops.

I am all for Antigua in this debate. But if they want to be taken serious they need to go after those who have licenses and steal from players.
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