Duarte Chagas – legal advisor to Macau’s casino regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, also known as DICJ – is scheduled to be on several expert panels at the 2015 IAGA International Gaming Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
One of the panels on which he will sit is to discuss policies relating to player self-exclusion from casinos.
That panel is one of a number of workshop sessions by the National Center for Responsible Gaming – a non-profit organisation from the United States – to take place during the summit.
Mr Chagas will also discuss in other IAGA Summit panels the impact of gaming on local communities and the ongoing market changes in the global casino industry. He will additionally join a regulator round table discussion.
IAGA – the International Association of Gaming Advisors – is holding its annual summit from June 2 to June 5. The association is currently seeking to recruit more members from Asia to reflect the global nature of the modern gaming industry.
The Macau government’s responsible gambling initiatives were stepped up in 2009 and have since been backed with a legal framework.
Law n.º10/2012, which came into force in November 2012, includes a provision allowing permanent residents to seek self-exclusion from casinos – for their own protection – for a period of up to two years.
Singapore also operates a self-exclusion scheme. In May last year it amended the scheme in order to allow Singapore citizens and permanent residents voluntarily to exclude themselves from not only the city-state’s two casinos but also non-casino gambling venues.
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"The casinos have to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The decision [to suspend casino operations] is up to the government. As of now, we don’t have any plan to change the existing regulations"
Lei Wai Nong
Macau Secretary for Economy and Finance