Curaçao Hopes New Legislation Will Be Ticket to UK White List

16 August 2007

The Netherlands Antilles government (Curaçao) has said it is confident of its prospects in relation to the U.K. white list, after U.K. culture secretary James Purnell announced last week that the I-gaming jurisdiction had not met with the country's "strict standards" for offering gambling adverts.

In a prepared statement, Curaçao noted that questions raised by the U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) regarding "the scope and scale" of its regulatory infrastructure have been--and will be--successfully resolved under new gambling legislation that is set to be enacted this December.

Currently, the legislation has been accepted by Curaçao's Council of Ministers and is being reviewed by its parliament in accordance with the timeline provided to the DCMS.

Communication between the DCMS and Curaçao, jurisdictional home to William Hill and other well-known industry players, has, to date, been amicable.

Moreover, the government for the southern Caribbean island included an excerpt from correspondence between it and the DCMS regarding its white list application--as proof of its good standing.

"We would be willing to receive a further representation from you (Curaçao)," wrote the DCMS, "and consider the case again when the legislation is in place."

On May 2, 2007, the Curaçao Internet Gambling Association (CIGA) announced it was in the process of updating its I-gaming legislation.