Main Provisions of the Gambling Ordinance in Tanzania
The Gaming Act of 2003 in Tanzania chalks out a framework for how the authorities will regulate gambling and casino activities across the country. Under the Act, the Gaming Board of Tanzania was established, which is responsible for overseeing the monitoring and conduct of gaming activities in Tanzania. Here are the provisions quoted in the Act:
The Act provides definitions and interpretations of various terms used in the Act.
The Gaming Board of Tanzania
The Act establishes the Gaming Board of Tanzania and outlines its composition, management, and functions. The Board has the power to obtain information, documents, and evidence. It also has the power of inspection, seizure, and forfeiture.
The Act provides for the issuance of gaming business licenses and certificates to manufacture and sell, lease, or distribute equipment. It outlines the application process for licenses and renewals and the conditions under which a license may be granted or refused.
Types of Licenses
The Act outlines the types of gaming licenses that can be issued and the general conditions for the grant of a license.
Imposition of Gaming Tax
The Act imposes a tax on gaming activities and provides for the returns and remittance of such taxes.
Regulation of Lotteries
The Act provides for the regulation of lotteries, including the licensing of promoters of lotteries, the issuance of permits and licenses for public lotteries, and the authorization of public lotteries for charitable purposes.
Regarding the regulation of online casino sites, the Act does not accommodate a separate section for them. However, the Act does acknowledge the rise of this activity and puts all the related implications under its ambit. Gaming activities, no matter what format they are undertaken in, are regulated by the Gaming Board. Online casinos can easily obtain valid licenses from the government for their functioning.