“Things are not moving. Part three” – members of the Ukrainian Gaming Industry Association about legalization of gambling in Ukraine

 “Things are not moving. Part three” – members of the Ukrainian Gaming Industry Association about legalization of gambling in Ukraine

Presentation of the Ukrainian Gaming Industry Association took place in Kyiv

On November 16, 2016, Kyiv-based press center of information agency Ukrainian News hosted a press conference dedicated to the presentation of the Ukrainian Gaming Industry Association (UGIA) featuring experts that support the legalization of this business in Ukraine.

The president of the UGIA, Irina Sergienko, highlighted the main reasons and goals of founding of the organization and placed emphasis that the Association is completely independent from other companies. “We believe that transparency is important. We do not represent interests of any of existing companies – neither Ukrainian nor foreign. We are not politically motivated,” she claimed.

I. Sergienko also stated that the Association is ready for collaboration: “We envision the cooperation with other companies, Verkhovna Rada and private parties to work towards a common goal. But we want to cooperate only with those who share our values”.

Presentation of the Ukrainian Gaming Industry Association took place in Kyiv

The vice president of the UGIA, Aleksey Yevchenko, stated that gambling industry is a broad term. He insists on speeding up the legalization, as it will increase the state budget and lead to the growth of other sectors: “Some statesmen say that today the shadow turnover makes up $300 million. Why is this money in somebody’s pockets? Our task is to speed up the legalization process, ensure the synergism between gambling business and other sectors in order to allow for the development of hotel business and tourism among other things”.

Alina Plyushch, member of the Administration and Expert Board of the UGIA, said that a team of experts was formed, negotiations with many organizations were held, the majority of which already gave their consent. The names are not disclosed for juridical reasons yet, but there is information that one of the foreign companies is ready to organize a school for mass media to correctly inform the population about the news in the sphere of gambling.

One of the UGIA members is Yevgeniy Kachalov – the winner of many international poker tournaments. When visiting other countries, he came up against the lack of understanding why the issue of gambling legalization is open in Ukraine.

“After all, there not only games of chance but also games of skill, - said Konstantin, - and all of it is legal in developed countries. The business exists – that’s a fact. So why not to regulate it at a state level?”

Apart from statements, journalists received answers to questions that interested them. In their turn, members of the UGIA noted that journalists’ competency has gown within the three-year period of discussions held around gambling business, their questions have become more interesting and useful. It is very important, as it is the mass media that forms the public opinion, which is one of the keys to bringing gambling business to a new level.

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