PM Browne Calls on NAM Members to Support Antigua and Barbuda’s Fight in the WTO Gaming Dispute

Written by on September 19, 2016

Prime Minister, the Hon. Gaston Browne has called on his colleagues in the Non-Aligned Movement to support Antigua and Barbuda’s efforts in reaching a settlement with the United States in the WTO Internet Gaming Dispute.

The country’s leader was speaking at the NAM Summit being held in Venezuela on September 17 and 18.

After recording the over thirteen-year-old dispute with the United States on the matter, Prime Minister Browne called on his colleagues to stand up for the founding principles of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“I call on this great body of nations in the Non-Aligned Movement to stand up for those principles upon which it was founded, in showing active solidarity with my country as we seek justice that has been awarded to us by the competent international body -the World Trade Organization,” he stated.

The country’s leader also raised the issue of “de-risking”, calling on leaders at the Summit to ventilate the issue within the international community.

“I call on non-aligned members of the G20 to represent the interests of small, developing countries that have no seat at the table.  This issue must be ventilated by hearing more than the side of the industrialized nations who sit at the G20.

He continued, the threat we face is real; the danger is imminent.  The Non-Aligned Movement has a duty to ensure that the international system works in the interest of a few, but in the interest of all.  Something is broken, and I call on all of us to fix it.” Prime Minister Gaston Browne remarked.

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