- JOHN’S, Antigua: Minister of Finance and the Economy, Dr Errol Cort, will lead Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation to the February 21-22 hearing by the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization of an appeal by the United States against the findings of the WTO Panel, which ruled in favour of Antigua and Barbuda in the now famous “Internet gaming case.”
“The hearing is the end result of a process that was triggered when the US filed a “Notice of Appeal” with the WTO in early January, which they are allowed to do under the rules within sixty days of the publication of the Panel’s Report,” said Minister Cort.
“Their action then set in motion a series of submissions by our legal team and theirs to the WTO Appellate Body, which has appointed three of its members to hear the oral arguments from both sides on February 21-22,” added the Minister. He further noted that, in addition to Antigua and Barbuda and the US, other WTO members have taken an active part in the proceedings as “third participants.”
While the final decision of the three-member Panel is of course unknown, the country’s gaming officials are very confident that the gaming industry in Antigua and Barbuda operates within a legal and administrative framework that can serve as a model for other countries.
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