Mexico’s 1st National Convention of Gaming Industry 2017 set to debate new gaming law
A section of the First Government Report, by the administration of the State of Tamaulipas, which was presented to Congress on 29 September by Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, informs of the shutting down of 29 illegal casinos and betting centres throughout the State and the confiscation of 2,000 slot machines.
The report also deals with the shutting down of 249 illegal shops of different businesses, located in 25 out of 43 municipalities in Tamaulipas state, pointing out that the measures on security adopted by the State Government are one of the strategies to cut off sources that finance crime.
Nonetheless, the Tamaulipas governor is keen not only to cut such sources of criminal funding but also, owing to the nature of cash movement in gaming, urged the creation of a new gaming law to avoid such criminal activity businesses disguised as casinos continuing to be used to finance organised crime.
There is little else that one can say about the urgent need for Mexico to approve legislation to modernise controls on so-called gaming and ruffles rooms, which as de facto casinos in the country can be used by criminal elements in some states such Tamaulipas.
To date, gambling in Mexico operates under a Federal gaming and lotteries law passed in 1947 and an added piece of regulation to this law, which was irresponsibly created in 2004.
1st National Convention of the Gaming Industry 2017
In mid- October, the 1ª Convención Nacional de la Industria del Juego 2017 will take place in Mexico City, which aims to help “design a genuine State Policy for the gaming industry.” The event has the total backing of manufacturers, suppliers, gaming business media and local authorities, with the objective of creating dialogue and high-level communications related to various items of great interest to the Mexican gaming industry.
During the event a most important round table will take place, titled: “Challenges and Opportunities in the Gaming Industry in Mexico.” The moderator will be Alfonso Perez Lisaur, president of Asociación de Permisionarios de Juegos y Sorteos de México (APJSAC) and with the participation of Luis Felipe Cangas, director of the Mexican regulators Dirección General de Juegos y Sorteos; Miguel Ángel Ochoa, president of Asociación de Permisionarios, Operadores y Proveedores de la Industria del Entretenimiento y Juego de Apuesta en México (AIEJA) and Carlos Carrion, president of the Asociación de Fabricantes de Juegos de Azar (AGEM).
The First National Convention of the Gaming Industry of Mexico will be held on 17 and 18 October at Hotel Fiesta Americana Mexico Toreo, in Mexico City. Mexico has 320 casinos operating out of 691 duly authorized and 33 licence holders who operate 90,000 gaming machines throughout the country. (S-10.09.17)