BGLC to Host Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit in Montego Bay

Photo: M. Bell Director of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Conference Chairperson, Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Carole Martinez Johnson (left), provides details about the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit at a Think Tank held at the JIS head office in Kingston on June 1. At right is Executive Director at the BGLC, Vitus Evans. The summit will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from June 14 to 15.

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  • The Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) will be hosting the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit (CGS) 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from June 14 to 15.
  • Executive Director at the BGLC, Vitus Evans, said the conference will explore, among other things, how Jamaica can take advantage of eSports; ways in which BGLC can improve enforcement; and additional revenue-earning opportunities for the Government within the gaming industry.
  • Keynote speaker at the conference will be the Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Audley Shaw, and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett will also address the event.

The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) will be hosting the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit (CGS) 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from June 14 to 15.

The event, which is in its seventh staging, is being held through partnership with the Caribban Gaming Show (CGS) Group LLC and will focus on interactive gaming and the impact of technology on gaming.

More than 300 participants are expected to attend the free two-day conference, including regional regulators, business owners and operators of gaming establishments, consultants and technical experts in the industry, suppliers to the gaming industry, as well as professionals from the  hospitality sector.

Executive Director at the BGLC, Vitus Evans, said the conference will explore, among other things, how Jamaica can take advantage of eSports; ways in which BGLC can improve enforcement;  and additional revenue-earning opportunities for the Government within the gaming industry.

“It will also give us an opportunity to share ideas with some of the participants, who will be coming from various jurisdictions,” he added, while addressing a JIS Think Tank on June 1.

He said that coming out of the event “we hope that our staff will be exposed to some of the new technologies as well as some of the new things that are happening in the gaming industry”.

Director of Information and Communication Technology and Conference Chairperson, Carole Martinez-Johnson, said the conference will provide a good opportunity for participants to network.

She said that BGLC licensees will display the latest technology that they have and be exposed to new areas of gaming.

She said the event will also facilitate discussion on topics such as anti-money laundering; eSports; iGaming; virtual reality; the future of gaming and lotteries; responsible gaming, and, for the first time, will include a forum targeted at regulatory entities.

Keynote speaker at the conference will be the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, will also address the event.

Other presenters are Executive Director of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, Calvin Wilson; Chief Executive Officer of IIE Millennial eSports, Alex Igleman, and Senior Consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services in the United States, Dr. Haner Hernandez.

Attendees are invited to register for the conference at www.bglc.gov.jm.

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