|Botwana’s Parliament is currently considering The Draft Gaming and Gambling policy.|
Presenting the policy, Minister of Trade and Industry, Jacob Nkate said a study conducted had indicated that the gaming and gambling market was unable to control itself and if left unregulated, it may provide ideal conditions for social ills such as addicted gambling, money laundering and the defrauding of consumers.
Nkate said that regional and global business trends as well as technological advancements had ushered in a growing demand for the pursuit of other forms of gaming and gambling activities such commercial lotteries, race betting and internet gambling in Botswana.
Nkate said both the Casino Act and the Lotteries and Betting Act, which govern gaming and gambling operations were outdated and inadequate to meet some of these new demands.
The study recommended an intervention by government as well as the formulation of a policy framework.
'Experience shows that around the world, governments maintain a socially acceptable balance between the benefits and social ills generated by gaming and gambling activities by putting in place ameliorative measures to mitigate their negative effects on society,' he said.