Caribbean countries back Antigua in trade dispute with the US

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Antigua and Barbuda says it has gained the full support of fellow Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states in its on going Internet gambling dispute with the United States.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said regional leaders, who will Wednesday conclude their 28th Heads of Government conference here, have thrown their full support behind his country and were calling on the US to respect the World Trade Organization (WTO) recent ruling on the issue.

“This matter has been fully ventilated at the conference and the position of CARICOM is that Antigua and Barbuda should be fully supported by CARICOM in this matter because it should have serious implications for the region going forward as we seek to develop the financial services sector in the region,” he told a news conference.

The WTO recently ruled against the US in an online gaming dispute with Antigua and agreed that actions taken by Washington to prohibit access by Antiguan companies to US markets were illegal.