Gaston Brown, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, who brought up the nation’s trade dispute with the US during the United Nations General Assembly month that is last. (Image: winnfm.com)
Antigua and Barbuda, the tiny twin-island Caribbean country that has been in an online gambling trade dispute with america for a decade, would be to enter into speaks once the two edges seek to maneuver towards an answer. The move follows a conference between your islands’ Prime Minister Gaston Browne and US Trade Representative Michael Froman.
The David and Goliath battle started when Antigua and Barbuda objected to the block imposed by the government on its citizens that are own using the islands’ online gambling services. An international treaty, drawn up by the WTO in 1995, which is designed to remove barriers to trade in 2003, Antigua and Barbuda complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that America’s stance contravened the General Agreement on Trades and Services ( GATS.
The result, which likely embarrassed the US and amazed most likely even Antigua and Barbuda, was that the WTO sided with the islands, ruling, in March 2004, and then again in 2007, that by refusing full market access to online gambling operators on the islands, the United States, a paid-up member of the WTO, was in breach of its treaty obligations.
$3.4 Billion in Trade Sanctions
Buoyed by its success, Antigua and Barbuda filed a claim for $3.4 billion