High stakes in London for Gambling Authority

LONDON LIFE: Kesitilwe (l) with Trade Minister, Mmusi Kgafela (m) and IAGR VP, Ben Haden (r)

The Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gambling Authority Botswana, Emolemo Peter Kesitilwe is currently in the United Kingdom, attending the International Casinos Exhibition (ICE) London.

Held from 6 – 9 February at the ExCeL London, the four-day event is widely regarded as the leading global gaming and gambling gathering that services the entire industry.

ICE London is the complete platform to drive revenues through innovative solutions, technology, valuable insights and unrivaled networking opportunities.

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Kesitilwe is also due to attend the International Association of Gambling Regulators (IAGR) Board of Trustees Meeting to be held on the sidelines of ICE London.

During this meeting, he is expected to give an update on preparations for the 2023 IAGR Conference, scheduled to be hosted by Botswana in October.

The acting CEO will further join the Global Markets Roundtable as a speaker at the World Regulatory Brief, which hosts the USA, India, Canada, Hungary, Africa, UK, Brazil, South Africa, and Western Europe.

Highlighting the doors this could open for Botswana, Kesitilwe said, “The Gambling Authority will soon advertise and offer new forms of gambling, in order to add to the Diversification drive and create the much-needed jobs. We will be absorbing and sharing a lot from this meet, such that we are well poised to license and deliver a safe gaming industry. Batswana should get ready to grab opportunities in new forms of licenses that we will be issuing out in this calendar year.”

Key areas covered at the ICE London that are of particular interest to the gambling industry in Botswana include: Betting, Lottery, Online Gaming and Global Gaming Technology.

“This is a unique experience to sit down with country stakeholders and discuss the latest developments in global markets. The session will give attendees the chance to meet with regulators, local operators, and suppliers to discuss market entry and key jurisdictional issues, as well as impending regulatory change,” explained Kesitilwe.

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“This will be an opportune moment to have an open conversation on issues affecting Botswana as a gambling jurisdiction and Africa as a whole and the impending licensing opportunities around gambling industry in Botswana,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, a communiqué on the ICE London describes the event as catering to all gaming types, all levels of seniority and all aspirations.

“From technology to hospitality, ICE London is bespoke and exclusive to the gaming industry. Fully immersed in the community we have built together over the past 20+ years, it is safe to say the show offers something for everyone.”

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