botswana-to-host-gaming-regulators-africa-forum-2018The 14thGaming Regulators Africa Forum (GRAF) will be hosted this year by the Botswana Gambling Authority (BGA). GRAF was founded in 2012 and is responsible for regulating the country’s gambling industry. Botswana is a new GRAF member.

GRAF Annual Conference

The yearly conference will take place from August 26th to 29that the Gaborone International Convention Center. This year the event’s theme will be “The socio-economic impact of harmonized gaming regulation in the era of rapid technological advancement.”

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BGA Thuli Johnson pointed out that Botswana was very privileged to host the big event. He told media outlets this week it was a big milestone for the nation’s Gambling Authority.

Johnson noted that GRAF protects citizens and communities by following gaming-related regulatory laws that apply to each region. It lines up issues that affect the gambling industry and makes sure Africa and the sub-Sahara region do not end up with gambling tech that is old and outdated.

He also noted that the yearly conference was critical for African gaming regulators since it provides them a platform for various activities. They include sharing programs, practices, and methods for regulating better; collaborating; and networking.

Botswana To Benefit

The GA’s Chief Executive also noted that hosting an international event like GRAF will boost Botswana’s global reputation. It will also allow it to network with nations within the continent as well as foreign ones. The conference will bring potential businesspeople, investors, and opportunities to the host country. It will also be hosting other side events to give delegates the chance to network with local businesspeople.

GRAF conference members can also participate in humanitarian and philanthropic work through charities. Conference delegates will work with six charity organizations and make donations.

Cyber Crime And Illegal Gambling

In a statement, Johnson said “By nature this is an industry that is prone and vulnerable to highly technical criminal practices such as cross bother illegal gambling, systems hacking and unauthorized gaming.”

GRAF will also provide gaming regulators and stakeholders in Africa the platform to discuss the issues surrounding illegal gambling and cyber-crime and come up with solutions.