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Haiti lottery chief wants to learn from the Dominican Republic
Published on August 16, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

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PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Last week, Marie Margareth Fortuné, the director general of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH), paid a two-day visit to the Dominican Republic to learn about operations in the gambling industry and draw on good practices from its neighbours.

In addition to a visit to the Dominican Republic lottery facilities in Santo Domingo, Fortuné met with lottery officials from the Dominican Republic, with whom she shared their experiences and good practices and discussed the important role that national lotteries play in the socio-economic development of a country, HaitiLibre reported.

A particularly developed and highly controlled sector in the Dominican Republic, in the last six months alone in the national district, more than 5,300 illegal lottery operations have been closed (equivalent to the Borlettes in Haiti), more than 12,000 items of gaming equipment have been seized and destroyed, as well as 844 slot machine that were used in illegal gambling establishments.

Fortuné said she is convinced after her interviews with various players involved in the gaming industry that this industry is an important economic and financial sector capable of creating many jobs and incomes (over 3 billion pesos to the Dominican tax authorities per year)

She also believes that this market in Haiti, regulated and controlled, could generate sufficient income to the LEH to enable it to provide grants to government projects and also to socially oriented institutions and organizations.
 
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