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Management Engagement Towards Implementation of NDPIII Goals NPA-NLGRB

The stakeholder engagement meeting between the National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board (NLGRB) and the National Planning Authority (NPA) held on Wednesday 1st February was a resounding success. The meeting was aimed at aligning the perspectives, visions, and plans of both organizations, and this was achieved in an open, constructive, and collaborative manner and their contributions in supporting the implementation of the NDPIII. 

The NLGRB presented its plans and initiatives aimed at promoting a responsible gambling culture in Uganda and safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders.

One of the main achievements shared is the implementation of strict regulations and oversight to ensure that operators are providing fair and honest games to the players, protecting their personal and financial information, and preventing money laundering activities. The NLGRB has strict rules and penalties for operators who are found to be in violation of these regulations. This helps to create a level playing field for all operators, which in turn benefits the players and the industry as a whole.

One of the biggest challenges is the rapid development of technology in the gambling industry, which can make it difficult to keep up with new forms of gambling and ensure that they are being conducted in a safe and responsible manner. Additionally, as the online gambling market is growing, it becomes harder to track illegal activities and prevent money laundering.

This has been countered by the establishment of a National Electronic Central Monitoring System (NCMS) with robust features such as age verification, limit checks and self-exclusion, which allows individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling activities. This helps to prevent problem gambling and ensures that those who need help are able to access it.

Ag. C.E.O presents the achievements, short and long-term goals of the NLGRB during the engagement.

The NPA, on the other hand, shared its comprehensive and integrated development plans, including its perspective vision and the long-term and medium-term plans for the country.

The discussions were productive and centered around the role of the NLGRB in ensuring that the gambling industry contributes to the development of the country, while at the same time, addressing the negative impacts of gambling on individuals, families, and communities.

At the end of the engagement, the NLGRB and NPA reached a consensus on the way forward. Both organizations agreed to work closely together to ensure that the gambling industry contributes positively to the development of the country, while at the same time, taking into account the negative impacts of gambling on society.