THE ANTIGUA SUN
Monday November 20 2006
As speculation about how the upcoming change in the make-up of the US Congress and House of Representatives may impact on Antigua & Barbuda’s economic interests, at least one senior diplomat is holding out hope that some changes might come about on key issues.
Ambassador Colin Murdoch, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said he expected some progress in negotiations on the gaming issue, once power shifts into democratic hands in January, when newly elected representatives take office in both houses.
“I do not necessarily believe that there is much difference in the democratic and republican administrations. In fact, some of the harshest blows that the Caribbean has received in recent times, we got from the democrats – like bananas. That was done under a democratic administration.
“Having said that, I believe that when it comes to Internet gaming, I believe that there will be some new opportunities, with the new Congress, after January, to explore with them some change to the legislation that has been passed. Either a repeal or an amendment of that legislation,” Murdoch told the Antigua Sun.
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