Online gaming entrepreneur Calvin Ayre has been appointed as a Special Economic Envoy of Antigua and Barbuda with responsibility for advising on matters related to blockchain technology.
According to a press release from the Antiguan government, Mr Ayre will advise the Government on the effective implementation of new technological developments in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin which have been adopted by leading companies in the United States, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, China, and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Ayre has already invested heavily in Bitcoin blockchain core technology and his e-Com technology processes more Bitcoin transactions than any other platform in the world today.
The government of Antigua and Barbuda said it anticipates becoming an early leader in the Caribbean to compete in the international community in the provision of a legal platform for world-wide private sector activity utilizing blockchain technology.
“In addition to the work that his companies have done in research and development of blockchain technology and Bitcoin, Mr Ayre has a wealth of knowledge in the internet gaming sector having pioneered the development of software support for online gaming, and subsequently establishing his own gaming operations under the popular Bodog brand.”
His efforts are expected to re-invigorate the Internet Gaming industry in Antigua and Barbuda which, in 1999, provided more than US$100 million to the economy and employed over 2,000 people. Today, the online gaming business is worth in excess of US$37.9 billion annually with markets throughout Asia and Europe.
“As it continues to diversify the economy and create new and high paying jobs for its people, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda looks forward to the contribution of Mr Ayre’s technological companies.”