|The Caribbean island of Antigua & Barbuda, has appealed to 150 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), to file claims for compensation against the US – the latest development in an embittered trade dispute with the US over online gambling.|
On Wednesday in Geneva, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body’s ruling on the case was officially taken on board by the WTO. The ruling stated the US was in continued contravention of its commitments under the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in relation to the limitations placed on remote gambling.
However, since the ruling was issued in March the US has stated its intention to alter its GATS commitments so that it is no longer pledged to permit access to online gambling companies, a step that it claims will effectively settle its dispute with Antigua & Barbuda.
In response to this move, Antigua & Barbuda’s attorney at the WTO Mark Mendel said that Antigua & Barbuda is actively encouraging WTO members to claim compensation from the US if it makes moves to breach the treaty.