The Gambling Business Association of Georgia (GGA) has officially published its position on the draft law of the Government of the country on tightening regulation of the gambling entertainment industry. The organization is unhappy that the authorities decided to radically change the rules without consulting with representatives of this industry. The information was confirmed by GGA Chairman Giorgi Mamulaishvili.
The functionary demanded to organize negotiations with the team of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to discuss the announced changes. In his opinion, such drastic reforms will hit the economy hard. Mamulaishvili predicts an increase in unemployment and a decrease in subsidies to social spheres.
“The expected tightening is completely unacceptable. Not a single consultation was held with our business. The tone with which the government speaks about the work of the gambling business is outrageous. We learn all the news only from the media, no one communicates with the Association and does not consult,” Giorgi Mamulaishvili said.
He added: “If deputies and ministers maintain their point of view and do not meet halfway, representatives of domestic gambling will be forced to optimize financial activities. In such conditions, we will have to abandon any social projects, including sponsorship of the sports sphere.”
According to the GGA, legislative initiatives to ban the operation of online casinos on the territory of the country will have a negative impact not only on internal affairs, but also on the international image of Georgia.
Mamulaishvili is confident that the ban on gambling at the legislative level will literally open the way for the development of shadow gambling in the country, and citizens will be forced to use the services of foreign operators through VPN services. Accordingly, the authorities will lose control over the financial flows of this industry, and the treasury will cease to receive a significant part of the income.
Recall that the Georgian authorities have identified a list of citizens who will be restricted access to online gambling.