The government of
Paraguay has announced plans to re-regulate the country's gambling market and
clampdown on illegal operators who are depriving the state of tax revenue.
The proposed changes
were set out in draft legislation submitted to congress last week, in which the
government stressed the need for "new legislation that will contribute to
the orderly development of the sector" under strict state supervision.
The proposal calls for
the licensing of each gambling activity, "taking into account the
importance of technology in the commercialisation of gambling".
In a statement
accompanying the draft legislation the government said that gambling should be
offered through concessions to private operators or state-controlled entities,
taking into account the importance of gaming systems certification, monitoring
tools for the collection of bets, and the implementation of safeguards with
regard to problem gambling and money laundering.
It also calls for the
development of new types of games, the establishment of a concession process,
and the means by which to prosecute unlicensed activity - all of which will
require "a regulatory body with sufficient resources".