Antigua and Barbuda 2006

Yearbook 2006

Antigua and Barbuda. The protracted trade dispute between Antigua and Barbuda and the United States over the availability of foreign Internet gaming companies to the US domestic market continued during the year. Antigua and Barbuda have become increasingly dependent on foreign currency from Internet casinos based in the country as a result of reduced tourism income. In February, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda accused the United States of not following the decision of the World Trade Organization in April 2005 on the issue. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda include Independence Day (November 1) and New Year (January 1). The WTO then determined that some of the US federal laws discriminate against foreign-based Internet gaming companies. Following the protests of Antigua and Barbuda in July, the WTO issued an investigation into whether or not the United States is following the WTO’s decision. Violation of WTO decisions may involve financial penalties, e.g. penalties on the country’s exports.