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Regional gaming summit to be held in Cambodia

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A casino in Preah Sihanouk province. KT/Mai Vireak

Gaming industry players in the Mekong Region will be descending on Cambodia in a few months for one of the biggest regional events of the industry in the last few years.

Ros Phirun, director-general of the Ministry of Commerce, confirmed in an email yesterday that Cambodia will be the venue of the Mekong Gaming Summit.

The event will be held at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra on September 10-12.

“Cambodia approved AGB to organize this event,” said Mr Phirun, apparently referring to Asia Gaming Brief.

He said the gathering will bring together under one roof regional regulators and operators. More than a hundred participants from Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos are expected to attend the three-day event.

Several prominent people in the international gaming scene and related fields are expected to make presentations and share important information about the industry.

Among them are Ben Lee, managing partner of Macau-based IGamiX Management & Consulting, and Maxfield Brown, manager of the business intelligence unit of Vietnam’s Dezan Shira & Associates.

Mike Gore, VP for corporate strategy of Japan’s Hamatomo Corporation, and Steve Gallaway, managing partner of US-headquartered Global Market Advisors, will also be present at the event.

Speakers will also include Nguon Sokha, secretary of state at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Mey Vann, the ministry’s director-general.

During the last day, participants will have the chance to join a trip to Sihanoukville, where Cambodia’s gaming industry is concentrated.

According to the official website of the Regional Gaming Summit, the event will be an opportunity for participants to learn more about the gaming industries in the region (both land-based and online) and the investment opportunities they present.

It will also give them the opportunity to meet potential business partners.

There are vibrant gaming industries in Cambodia and other Mekong countries. In Cambodia, for instance, the government has so far approved 184 licenses to operate casinos and is expected to pass soon a new law governing gaming and related activities. While mostly legal, these industries are heavily regulated and, in some countries, locals are not allowed to play or gamble in casinos.

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