The World Trade Organisation disagreement involving the United States and Antigua over online gambling has been ongoing for 11 years and on Friday, Antigua prime minister Gaston Browne spoke during a meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stating that the issue with the US Trade Representative is not yet settled.
The dispute began when Antigua took the USA to the WTO over its bans on online gambling saying that they were unfair, in violation of WTO agreements and negatively effecting the island’s economy.
The WTO sided with Antigua; however the US has failed to pay compensation to date, which PM Browne says is now at $168 million.
With the US skirting the issue, the WTO offered Antigua another means of relief allowing it to resort to international intellectual property violations up to $21 million per year.
The Antiguan government has not gone ahead with it but based on what was seen at the CARICOM meeting, PM Browne is becoming more impatient.