Gaston Brown, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, whom brought up the country’s trade dispute with the US at the United Nations General Assembly month that is last. (Image: winnfm.com)
Antigua and Barbuda, the tiny twin-island Caribbean country which includes been involved in an online gambling trade dispute with the usa for a decade, is to enter into speaks since the two sides look for to go towards a remedy. A meeting is followed by the move between the islands’ Prime Minister Gaston Browne and US Trade Representative Michael Froman.
The David and Goliath battle began when Antigua and Barbuda objected to the block imposed by the federal government on its very own citizens from using the islands’ online gambling solutions. In 2003, Antigua and Barbuda complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that America’s stance contravened the General Agreement on Trades and Services (GATS), a global treaty, drawn up by the WTO in 1995, which is designed to eliminate barriers to trade.
The result, which likely embarrassed the US and astonished most likely also Antigua and Barbuda, was that the WTO sided aided by the islands, ruling, in March 2004, and then again in 2007, that by refusing full market access to online gambling operators on the islands, the United States, a paid-up member associated with the WTO, was at breach of its treaty obligations.
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