Ministries working on gambling law changes

The ministries of Hotel and Tourism, Planning and Finance and Home Affairs have joined together to work on changes to Myanmar’s 1986 gambling law that forbids the operation of casinos.

“The government will legalise casinos as soon as possible after passing the new law in the national interest. Now they are preparing the draft,” U Myo Win Than, executive director of Grand Andaman Resort told The Myanmar Times.

The Grand Andaman Resort, located on the 1800-acre Thahtay island in Kawthaung township, is one of the two casino pilot projects that started during the military government in 1992.  Another one is in the Golden Triangle region, according to U Myo Win Than.

Myanmar is eager to repeat the success seen in other countries in Southeast Asia in attracting large-scale tourism investment to boost visitor numbers and tax revenue.

However, the initiatives may face opposition from Buddhist groups in the country.