IAGR announces 2016 conference in Sydney

    The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has announced that its 2016 Annual Conference will take place in Sydney, Australia over Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2016.  

    The event will explore issues affecting gaming regulators, policymakers and industry executives in gambling markets around the world, and will take place at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour Hotel.

    The conference will focus on challenges faced by regulators as they seek to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of gambling oversight. Expected to attend the annual gathering are IAGR members who represent gaming jurisdictions from throughout the world including those in Asia, Australia, Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America.  Industry representatives are also invited to attend the conference.

    “As the gambling industry is continuously evolving, primarily due to rapid technological developments, our conference programmes must always be dynamic to ensure that we don’t lose sight of emerging opportunities and challenges facing regulators across the globe”, said Bheki Mlambo, President of IAGR and Chief Executive Officer of the Mpumalanga Gambling Board.

    “To this end, I’m confident that the programme for Sydney 2016 conference is being developed precisely with this in mind. Our membership in attendance would surely be richly rewarded with new knowledge and experiences to be able to keep up with this complex and ever-demanding task of regulating the industry.”

    “The ability to deal with common problems and share strategies and information across jurisdictions is an increasingly essential element in ensuring integrity and probity of the gambling industry in a globalized environment.  The International Association of Gaming Regulators’ annual conference provides attendees with a great opportunity to network and share experiences with other regulators and learn from industry experts.  Australian regulators are excited at the prospect of the annual conference coming ‘down under’ and showing-off Sydney, one of the world’s great cities,” said Michael Sarquis, Conference Sub-Committee Member and Executive Director of the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Queensland, Australia.

    IAGR is also pleased to bring the IMGL Masterclass series into the Sydney conference week activities.  “IMGL is very excited to be a part of the IAGR annual conference and continue its collaboration with IAGR in providing global forums for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge of gaming law and regulation,” said IMGL President Mike Zatezalo, President of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., LPA.

    In related news, Asia Gaming Brief is organizing the second edition of the East Meets West Regulators Summit in the Philippines the week before, held on October 26-28, 2016, hosted by PAGCOR, CEZA and FCLRC.

    Regulators from the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Australia, India, UK, Isle of Man, Alderney, Malta, Denmark, Nevada and Delaware are confirmed to attend to discuss the unique issues facing Asian regulators looking at gambling legislation in their jurisdictions.