The proposed Gaming Act, which will facilitate the establishment of the Gaming Commission, is expected to be finalised this year.
The new entity will result from the merger of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), and the Casino Gaming Commission.
This is according to the Jamaica Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the year ending March 2021.
Meanwhile, the BGLC will continue to execute its mandate to regulate and control betting, gaming and lotteries activities and operations islandwide.
Accordingly, the BGLC is slated to: review and redesign the licensing and registration system; implement a new Gaming Management Information System; realign the public education awareness strategy to that of the organisation, to focus on responsible gaming; implement a formal system of managing complaints; and develop and implement an Enterprise Risk Management System.
The BGLC projects a net surplus of $385.6 million from its engagements for the 2020/21 fiscal year, some $77.09 million more than the estimate for 2019/20.
Additionally, the entity projects that its staff complement will increase by 11 to 99.