Liberia Gets Global Lottery/Gaming Body Membership

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has been admitted into a global lottery/gaming organization known as the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).

The NLA which is the regulatory body of all games-of- chance in the country including sporting betting, casinos, and lottery-ball games, among others, was accepted as a full member of the IAGR during the just-ended annual conference of the organization held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from October 16-19.

According to the Director General of the NLA, Martin S. Kollie, Liberia’s membership to that global gaming body was obtained after his delegation which included the Board Chairman of the NLA,  Claude J. Katta, fulfilled requirements and standards set by the IAGR for becoming a member.

Mr. Kollie explained that to be qualified to become member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) a gaming regulatory institution must submit the Act establishing said institution and must also have an approved and standardized regulations which conform to those of other countries.

The NLA head disclosed that his institution is young, having been established in 2014; however, the requirements demanded by IAGR were submitted in advance of the 2017 Johannesburg Conference as they (requirements) among others, seek to curtail illegal gambling, money laundering and other negative practices in the gaming sector. “As a member, each country is being monitored by IAGR to ensure that it conforms to the rules and regulations within the organization’s bylaws” Mr. Kollie emphasized.

He noted that by joining the IAGR, Liberia, through the NLA stands to benefit a lot from knowledge and experience sharing through seminars and new devices to prevent illegal gambling and money laundering; as each jurisdiction of member countries will avail their programs to one another from which others could copy and improve their country’s lottery/gaming sector.

“As per request to improve our lottery/gaming sector, we make good friends and mainly asked for monitoring machines to determine activities being done in the sector so as to detect fraudulent acts and also tract revenues raised from gaming activities to enhance revenue generation for national government,” he said.

According to him, joining the IAGR brings to three the number of international gaming regulatory bodies that the NLA is part of with the others being the African Lottery Association and the World Lottery Association.

The just ended Johannesburg IAGR conference was attended by about 260 delegates from countries in five continents included North and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The next (2018) conference of the IAGR is scheduled to be convened in Copenhagen, Denmark, a release has indicated.

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