On November 30, 2018, the Gaming Control Board (GCB) organized the first ever Responsible Gaming conference on Curaçao. The title of this event, Responsible Gaming: A Team Effort!, is a reflection of the reality that successful countering of gambling addiction and promotion of responsible gaming is the task of multiple stakeholders.
Apart from the fantastic preparatory work by GCB’s Mrs. Ayeska Coster, the success of this event can also be attributed to the enthusiastic participation of the local gaming industry, members of Parliament, government representatives and the terrific presentations by Fundashon pa Maneho di Adikshon (FMA) and Mr. Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG).
At the end of the day, there was consensus that the gambling addiction reports for Curaçao are in desperate need of updating. Furthermore, the gambling addiction problem in Curaçao is not to be underestimated and needs to be on the radar of lawmakers as well as the executive branch of government. Funds need to be made available to finance professional avenues of treatment and guidance.
On November 20, 2018, the popular Curaçao playwrite, actor and director, Percy “Boskwiri” Benita and the Gaming Control Board (GCB) closed ranks to create awareness for the gambling addiction challenges that Curaçao faces. The GCB sponsored 3 showings for middle and high school students of Boskwiri’s play B’a Hink’é, Sak’é Awó, a tragic comedy that depicts the ripple effect of the harm gambling addiction causes to a family and a community. All the showings ended in a short info session by the GCB and the Fundashon pa Maneho di Adikshon (FMA) on the available avenues for assistance when confronted with gambling addiction.
In 2017 the Gaming Control Board (GCB) hosted the three day event, the 2nd Dutch Caribbean Gaming Regulation Forum (DCGRF), organized by The International Governance and Risk Institute (GovRisk) from London, the United Kingdom.
GovRisk has provided high quality consultancy and training programmes to public and private sector institutions from more than 30 countries. They offer a wide variety of programmes covering specific topics within the broader fields of financial crime, corruption, risk management and governance.
The 2nd DCGRF, visited by 100+ participants from the gaming and financial services sectors in the different countries in the Dutch Caribbean, was officially opened by the Minister of Finance, His Excellency Mr. Kenneth Gijsbertha.
Topics of the forum included:
• The Regulatory Requirements for Modern Gaming Operations
• The Role of Industry in Promoting Good Regulatory Policy
• Implementing Supervision and Enforcement Measures - Grey and Black Operations
• The Challenges and Opportunities Facing a Small-Market Gaming Jurisdiction
• Comprehensive Compliance and Due Diligence in Gaming
• Security, Vetting and Internal Investigations
• AML/CFT in Gaming - Risks, Red Flags and Best Practice
• Case Studies: Catastrophic Gaming Failures and Their Causes
• Practical Governance Considerations for Gaming Operations
• Discussion Session: Does Grey Gaming Exist in Online Operations?
• Data Breaches, Leaks and the New Frontiers of Cybersecurity
• The Effect of New Technologies on Regulatory Compliance
• The Future of Identity in Online Gaming
• Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain - What Impact are they Having on Gaming?
• Responsible Gaming Approaches in Gaming Operations
• A Caribbean Lotto - the Risks and Returns for Small Islands
• Panel Session: The Future of Gaming Regulation at Home and Abroad
On August 24 and 25, 2016, gaming and lottery regulators and government lottery representatives from all over Latin America and the Caribbean gathered together in Curacao to participate in Gaming Laboratories International's (GLI) unique Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable.
GLI is the world’s leading gaming laboratory that provides services and tools for regulators, suppliers and operators.
Government lotteries and gaming and lottery regulators from more than 36 entities and two associations (ALEA and CIBELAE) from 22 countries from the Caribbean and Latin American region decided to participate in this unique event. This year, the event saw almost 90 attendees who represented the following countries: Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Curacao, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Virgin Islands.
The free, two-day event allowed attendees the opportunity to not only attend and participate in high-level discussions relevant to the Latin American and Caribbean region, and to speak with like-minded professionals and ask the experts questions about the industry. Event topics included:
• Understanding Regulatory Tools – When and How to Use Them
• Governance and Acting Under Strict Rules of Law
• Certification Process – Back to the Basics
• Minimum Internal Controls in the Lottery and Gaming Industry: Why and How to Audit
• The Gaming and Lottery Industry of the Future
• iGaming and Sports Betting Regulations and Operations from a Risk Control Perspective
• Multijurisdictional Games in the Gaming and Lottery Industry
• Bringing It All Together – Open Forum
• Responsible Gambling in the Lottery and Gaming Industry
• The Current State of the Anti-Money Laundering Guidelines
• What Information Security Means to You: Is It Crucial for Your Organization?
• Online Monitoring and Control System: The Latin American and Caribbean Experience
As part of the program, Regulators Roundtable participants traveled to a local casino to watch a live on-site inspection demonstration of their monitoring and control system, courtesy of the Curaçao Gaming Control Board.
The Regulators Roundtable was concluded with a cocktail event, providing attendees with an exclusive opportunity to network with other professionals and further discuss topics presented at the educational event.
This Roundtable was not only successful in terms of content and attendance, but also on the camaraderie among attendees that we hope will continue as many of the positive repercussions of the event.
On November 23, 2015, the Gaming Control Board (GCB) organized the one day AML/CFT seminar, Money laundering risks for the casino industry. Mrs. Saskia Rietbroek, LL.M, MBA, CAMS, President of AML Services International (AMLSI) (www.nomoneylaundering.com) and founding Executive Director (September 2001 to December 2005) of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), was found available to guide the training.
This successful event that could count on 60+ participants from all Curaçao casinos, the Financial Intelligence Unit Curaçao (FIU) and the GCB, was aimed at the disbursement of information on the Curaçao AML/CFT legislation and related casino regulation, the reporting portal of the FIU and the assessment of AML/CFT risks inherent to landbased casinos.
Training topics included:
• Money laundering methods and risks – Introduction
• Money laundering methods and risks in casinos
• International guidance for money laundering controls
- Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) Guidance
- American Gaming Association Best Practices document for AML Compliance
• Pillars of a sound and risk-based AML Compliance program
- Designated compliance officer
- Internal controls, policies and procedures
- AML training
- Independent review
- Detection of unusual activity, including FinCEN’s Guidance “Casino or Card Club Risk-Based Compliance Indicators”
• Case studies with lessons learned from AML enforcement actions, and group exercise.