Antigua is ready to discuss legislation in its response to its World Trade Organization fight over online gaming.
In a press release, the county’s WTO Remedies Implementation Committee said it is working on a recommendation for the establishment by government of a statutory body to own, manage and operate “the ultimate platform to be created for the monetization or other exploitation of the suspension of American intellectual property rights authorized earlier this year by the WTO.”
The case stems from 2001 when Antigua alleges the U.S. breached international agreements with WTO members by enforcing laws to block offshore online gambling platforms from operating in the U.S. The move severely hurt the island’s gambling industry.
“In the face of the ongoing failure of the United States to negotiate with Antigua and Barbuda a reasonable settlement of this dispute, the implementation of trade remedies awarded by the WTO is an important international responsibility; and I am pleased that the Committee continues working with expedience, meeting as scheduled and focusing on its mandate to utilize the WTO remedies in a responsible and proper manner,” said Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer in the release. “This will give Antigua and Barbuda a tangible benefit for our years of perseverance on this matter. Be assured that resolving the WTO Gaming case in a fair, reasonable and positive way is a top priority of the government of Antigua and Barbuda.”