|Errol Cort, the Finance Minister for Antigua and Barbuda, has announced that he is surprised and disappointed by the UK Government’s decision not to grant his nation advertising ‘white-list’ status.|
The British Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) declined to give Antigua and Canada’s Kahnawake authority ‘white-list’ status, which would have enabled online gambling companies licensed in these jurisdictions to advertise in the United Kingdom. Instead, the DCMS awarded the coveted status to the Australian state of Tasmania, which now joins respected jurisdictions such as Gibraltar, Malta, Alderney and the Isle of Man.
Cort stated that the rejection was particularly surprising as he is to lead an Antiguan delegation that will meet the UK Minister of Sport this week to discuss the issue. He said that he intends to continue discussions with the gaming authorities in the UK in hopes of overturning the decision or discovering what is hindering the process.
In earlier statements, Cort stated that he was confident ‘white-list’ status would be achieved after cooperating with the DCMS on its requirements.