Kampala: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for National Gaming Board Edgar Agaba has revealed that gaming sector has generated Shs22 billion in six month of 2017/18 financial year.
Speaking about performance highlights for 2017/18 financial year and implantation of a Central Monitoring System, Mr. Agaba said by December last year the body had collected Shs22 billion on top of Shs42 billion revenue that is expected to be collected from the sector.
“If well collect Shs42 billion revenue from the sector, then that will be an increase of 14 per cent when compared to Shs37 billion that was collected in 2016/17,”Mr Agaba was giving sectorial highlights at Uganda Media Centre.
He noted that the Board is finalizing a developmental strategic plan that will guide the organisation for a period of three years (2018-2021), “The strategic plan will focus on protecting interests of customers, preventing harm and sensitization about the sector,”
According to Mr. Agaba the board is yet to establish central monitoring system asserting that the development of functional and technical specifications for the CMS is complete and procurement process has been initiated.
“ Central Monitoring System will include enhancing reporting, streamlining industrial growth, high level monitoring and protection of minors and valuable groups with responsible gaming,”
He implored the private sector, government, major stakeholders and the general public to support the implementation of a responsible gaming culture while reaping the social and economic benefits of the sector such as jobs and income and.
The National Gaming Board (NGB) was established to enforce laws related to the conduct of lotteries, gaming, betting and casinos. It is also mandated to establish the national lotteries and gaming regulatory board, to provide for licensing and regulation of lotteries, gaming and betting; to provide for taxation of casinos, gaming and betting activities.