The Sports Betting West Africa event has confirmed record breaking attendance whilst also conducting an African first by uniting regulatory boards from four nations.
Representatives of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (Nigeria), The Gaming Commission of Ghana, The Sierra Leone State Lottery Company and the National Lottery Authority of Liberia met together at the event in Laos, Nigeria to clarify their roles as regulators and how they can unite to create a harmonized regulatory framework across West Africa.
Following a long discussion the similarity of regulations in the four nations, the moderator of the discussion; Ms. Christina Thakor Rankin, asked if they would all agree to formalise a Western African Regulatory Forum.
All four parties were happy to open the channels of communication between each other and have agreed to begin formalising the forum uniting four entire nations.
The organisers of Sports Betting West Africa claim this will assist regulators to grow each other’s markets, allow operators to acquire licenses in other countries more easily and set up a blacklist of operators who have had their licenses revoked.
A spokesperson said: “Everyone at Eventus International would like to thank the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers for assisting us with the first-day event, our sponsors for being with us every step of the way and our exhibitors for ensuring that everyone had an amazing time.
“Last, but surely not the least; We would like to thank our delegates for joining us in making history. You can expect that we will be making history once again at our next African event. The BiG Africa Supershow.
“We look forward to seeing you again in Johannesburg, South Africa.”