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Mauritius PM: Rs 558 m claimed on gambling assessments on gaming operators.

Mauritius PM: Rs 558 m claimed on gambling assessments on gaming operators.

Mauritian Prime Minister Aneerod Jugnauth highlighted that the betting control system of the Gambling Regulatory Authority is under the MRA, which accordingly monitors all transactions in horseracing betting and football betting, and also noted that to-date, 90 cases have been audited and Rs 558 million claimed on assessments.(Image: Composite)

Till date, 90 cases have been audited and Rs 558 million claimed on assessments, noted Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth at the National Assembly in response to a Parliamentary Question on the Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) that controls the betting industry, particularly for horse racing and football.

He had mentioned in earlier comments that the Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) Betting Control System which was transferred to the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) in March 2013 is still being used to monitor horseracing betting and football betting.

“Gaming operators are not connected to a revenue control system, but control is maintained through tax audits on returns submitted by gaming operators,” he added.

Following the transfer of the System from the GRA, the MRA has effected several hardware and other upgrades on the server, relating mainly to recording of horseracing betting transactions on the central server on a continuous online basis, by all on-course and off-course bookmakers together with improving tax compliance of bookmakers through the use of Business Analytics Tools.

The Prime Minister added that a request for information is under preparation at the MRA, with a view to seek consultancy services for conducting a study on “monitoring systems for gaming activities” and to prepare requests for the proposal document for this purpose, where a decision to purchase and install a new central server will be taken based on the results of this exercise.

Other measures mentioned by the Prime Minister to improve the Systeminclude the replacement of wireless network infrastructure by wired landline connectivity, which is more reliable, to guarantee transmission of betting transactions to the central server, and also the monitoring of the continuous online recording of betting transactions on the central server by a team of IT staff from the GRA and MRA.

Additional measures mooted are shifting of two bookmakers, who are operating through remote communication, from batch mode to continuous online recording, and, finally, the extension of the GRA Betting Control System to accommodate multiple bet transactions.

Finally, on the number of equipment, the Prime Minister indicated that 213 are connected to the GRA Betting Control System, that is, 206 in respect of horse-racing betting and 7 for football betting. On an average, five interventions are carried out per week, he said.

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