The Antigua and Barbuda government has established a select committee to oversee sanctions relating to the nation’s ongoing i-gaming dispute with the US.

Antigua & Barbuda

The WTO Remedies Implementation Committee is chaired by Attorney General Justin Simon QC and is responsible for supervising the suspension of selected US intellectual property rights worth $21m, backdated to April 2006.

In 2005, the WTO ruled the US had violated international trade agreements by prohibiting operation of offshore internet gambling sites.

Antigua claimed that it lost $3.4bn a year due to the US action, but the WTO awarded the country just $21m. However, the WTO has also allowed Antigua and Barbuda to suspend certain concessions and obligations in respect of intellectual property rights.