"Argentine lotteries are losing a great battle against online gambling because we are ignoring it"

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"Argentine lotteries are losing a great battle against online gambling because we are ignoring it"

The meeting was attended by authorities from 19 regulators of gambling.

ARGENTINA 
| 05/15/2017

In the framework of the 67th Assembly of the Association of State Lotteries of Argentina (Alea), the official of the Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos of Misiones expressed his concern for the future of the recreational activity in the country.

"Each of us, in his lottery, allocates extraordinary sums in advertising. However, we have not been able to impose the importance of legal play. We are losing a great battle against online gambling, simply because we are ignoring it, "said Eduardo Torres, president of the Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos of Misiones (IPLyC).

According to the official, in order to promote the regulation and implementation of the online game, Argentina has to be attentive to what happens in other countries of the region. In this regard, Diana Blanco Garzón, vice president of Commercial Development of Coljuegos, spoke about the process of legalization of online gambling in Colombia - the first Latin American country to regulate this type of games of chance.

The president, co-organizer of the Assembly, raised his voice against the project that aims to bank the bets: "Those who promote banking, are being complicit in the clandestine game. I would like this House to make the decision to speak with the senators, because with the advancement of technology and this type of attitudes, lotteries are doomed to disappear. "

As ALEA's source of income decreased in the last year, the president of the organization, Alfredo Monaco, asked the member organizations to submit proposals to generate new forms of financing.

It also carried out a raccont of 2016 activities, such as ALEA's participation in a bill on gambling and the reform of the 20,630 law, which proposed an increase in taxable minima, and listed institutional exchanges with bodies such as Financial Information Unit (FIU), ENACOM (ex AFSCA), the Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA), the Ministry of Social Development of the Nation and the Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP), among others.

Finally, at the international level, Monaco stressed that in November 2018 ALEA will host the World Lottery Congress, organized together with the World Lottery Association.

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