Ghana is pushing for the regulation of internet gaming. Since the passage of the 2006 Act, which places the Gaming Commission under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior, the gambling sector in Ghana has undergone exponential expansion, with sports betting gaining tremendous popularity in the nation.
Therefore, the 2006 Act had a weakness in that it did not address the peculiar online gaming environment that exists in Ghana.
Following the success of internet gambling in other important African nations, the state’s legislators suddenly discovered that online gambling may create cash for the state. The fact that so many individuals in the country were captivated by it resulted in many quarters asking for a reform in the country’s Gaming Act in order to accommodate the appropriate regulation of online gaming. According to this subject, the Ghana commission has suggested to regulate internet gambling in the nation, so putting an end to the waiting period for online gambling.
According to the Gaming Commission of Ghana, it is currently undergoing a rebranding process, which has resulted in the agency unveiling a new logo to reflect its rebranding drive as well as emerging trends in the gaming industry. “The New Phase of Gaming Regulation,” as the commission describes it, is “the next phase of gaming regulation.” According to the chairman of the Gaming Commission, Peter Mireku, the commissioner is attempting to impose new laws and regulations into the gaming business, among other things. However, as part of the process, the Gaming Commission of Ghana has established a stakeholders forum with the theme “The New Phase of Gaming Regulation in Ghana” to examine grey areas of online gaming regulation in order to meet international standards, as well as the approaches that will be taken to make it a reality in Ghana.
Ms. Ambrose Dery, Minister of the Interior, said that internet gambling was one aspect of the economy that required regulation,
and that ushering in a new era of Gaming Regulation is evidence that the industry has experienced tremendous change over time. It is essential to implement new laws and regulations in order to keep up with the rapidly changing trends and difficulties in the gaming business. Because of this, the government has delayed giving new gaming licenses until the rebranding phase has been completed and the country’s online gambling business has been effectively regulated, according to the government.
Ghana, a country in West Africa, is one of the few nations in the area that is permissive when it comes to the gaming sector, ranking second only to Nigeria in terms of gambling legislation. There are no precise data available, but a startling 55 percent of individuals in Ghana participate in gaming, according to estimates. The majority of the population is made up of young individuals between the ages of 18 and 35, with a total population of around 30 million.
According to the Gaming Act 2006, the Ghana Gaming Commission is an institution under the Ministry of the Interior with a history of continuous growth and a common seal,
which was founded under the Gaming Act 2006. (Act 721). Except for the lottery, the Act legalizes all types of games of chance in Ghana, with the exception of the lottery. The Commission is authorized to purchase and retain any movable or immovable property, as well as to engage into contracts or other transactions, in the course of carrying out its responsibilities under the Act. The gambling sector in Ghana was originally governed by the Lotteries and Betting Act, 1960 (Act31), as well as the Football Pools Authority Act, 1961 (both of which are still in effect) (Act78). The Gambling Machines Decree 1973 (NRCD 174) and the Casino Licensing Decree 1975 (NRCD 320) were in effect until the formation of the Gaming Commission.
The Gaming Act further specifies that, in the event of a stumbling block to property purchase, the Commission may buy the property for itself under the State Property and Contracts Act, 1960 (C.A6), or the State Lands Act, 1962 (Act 125), as well as the associated costs. Under the authority of the commission, such licenses are provided to casinos for sports betting, route operation (slot machines), importation and installation of gaming equipment, promotional gaming (games of chance), horse racing betting, scratch cards, and bingo, among other things.
The Commission’s objective is to regulate, oversee, monitor, and supervise the operation of games of chance in the nation, as well as to provide recommendations on the creation of policies governing games of chance in the country.