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  • Plans for the proposed merger of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), are far advanced.
  • Work continues on the rehabilitation of the building at 78 Hagley Park Road, Kingston, which is to become the new home of the merged entities.
  • The entities are being merged to create a properly funded regulatory authority for the gaming and horse racing industry.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, says plans for the proposed merger of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), are far advanced.

Mr. Dalley informed that work continues on the rehabilitation of the building at 78 Hagley Park Road, Kingston, which is to become the new home of the merged entities.

The entities are being merged to create a properly funded regulatory authority for the gaming and horse racing industry.

Mr. Dalley, who was addressing stakeholders at the opening of the 2014 Gaming Industry Summit at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston, on May 29, said the amalgamation of the companies is in line with recommendations made by the Public Sector Transformation Unit, to condense operations for efficiency and to achieve greater cost savings.

The JRC was established in December 1972 to oversee the horse racing industry. Its planned merger with the BGLC, which regulates and controls the operations of betting and gaming and the conduct of lotteries in the island, has been under consideration for many years.

The merger will be done in two phases, with phase one being an administrative merger of their administration and operations departments. The entities will have common commissioners and staff. Phase two will deal with the legislative process, merging the BGLC and JRC laws into a single Act.

Mr. Dalley said the new entity is expected to improve the capability of the Government to regulate the operations of all licencees and regulated entities in the gaming industry.