Malawi Gaming Board (MGB) has encouraged operators to ensure responsible gambling as the country reaps benefits from gambling.
Speaking Monday during a responsible gambling training workshop in Blantyre, MGB chief executive officer Master Maliro said operators have a responsibility to ensure that people gamble responsibly.
MGB is mandated to regulate the gaming industry and ensure that the practice benefits Malawi and its citizens economically.
Maliro said the training workshop, which included the country’s operators, was aimed to equip them with skills to help gamblers change their habits and gamble responsibly.
Describing irresponsible gambling, he said it is a situation where gamblers look at it as a business and not as leisure and blow money meant for other needs for the games.
“Gambling should be for leisure and entertainment. Although the problem of gambling has not been a concern among our people, it is reasonable to assume that as the gaming industry grows and advances,” said Maliro.
The workshop’s facilitator, South Africa-based Responsible Gambling programme training manager, Natalie Bossi, said regulators should enforce legislation to ensure responsible gambling.
MGB was established to regulate gaming, control and license gaming premises, impose and collect tax on gaming.