Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Jamaica gets ready for casino gaming
Published on July 11, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister with responsibility for the public service in the ministry of finance and planning, Horace Dalley, says the Casino Gaming Commission is ramping up its operations to prepare for the introduction of casino gambling in Jamaica.

horace_dalley.jpg
Horace Dalley
Dalley said among the preparations is the training of staff and bolstering of the legal framework, to ensure the commission is completely ready to give full regulatory oversight to casino operations in the island.

The minister, who made the announcement while contributing to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 8, reiterated that government is still in the process of reviewing bids for the three proposed Vegas-style casinos that are earmarked for Jamaica.

He noted that the continued growth of the gaming sector can be exponential with the advent of casino gaming, which is expected to be introduced into the country with the concept of integrated resort developments (IRDs).

The IRDs are luxury resort developments, which are expected to cater to ‘high spenders’ and include, but are not limited to hotels, villas, sporting and recreational facilities, shopping centres, and casinos.

Dalley said that the expiry date for the receipt of applications from potential licensees is November 30, 2014, pointing out that government has so far received a total of five submissions.

The applicants are: Amaterra Jamaica Limited; Celebration Jamaica Limited; Harmony Cove; Jamaica Casino Royale; and Fiesta Jamaica Limited (a subsidiary of Palladium Hotels and Resorts).

However, the minister noted that based on various issues, including partial and non-payment of the application fee, the Attorney General’s Chambers advised that some of the applicants were non-responsive to the request for proposal.

“Accordingly, the ministry was obliged to discontinue its review of two applications, while another withdrew,” he said.

The Financial Investigations Division of the ministry has begun the due diligence exercise in the process, Dalley pointed out.
 
Reads: 2180





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: