CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF CRA TAKES HELM AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GAMING REGULATORS AND CRA SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE GREAT BRITAIN GAMBLING COMMISSION
02 Oct 2013
CRA’s Chief Executive Mr Lau Peet Meng has taken over the helm as the President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This is the first time an Asian regulator has held the position. Mr Lau succeeds Ms Susan Hensel, Director of Licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
2. During the annual IAGR Conference, which was held in Oslo, Norway from 29 September to 2 October 2013, Mr Lau succeeded Ms Hensel as the President for the 2013/2014 term. He has served on the IAGR’s Board of Trustees as a member since 2011, and as the Vice President during the 2012/2013 term. During his time as a Trustee, Peet Meng led the development of a Multi-Jurisdictional Business Form (MJBF) for use across jurisdictions around the world. The aim of the MJBF is to standardise and streamline the types of information provided by business entities to IAGR member countries. Mr Lau also mooted the idea of setting up a new Technical Standards Committee in IAGR. This Committee aims to establish common technical standards for gaming equipment across jurisdictions.
3. Mr Lau said: “This is a significant endorsement by the international community of CRA's strong reputation as an effective regulator. I am honoured by this opportunity to serve the members of IAGR to continue to be an effective voice in shaping gambling regulation across the globe. The gambling industry is a truly international one, and as regulators, we have much to gain in strengthening our ties and collaboration across many areas. It is through such international collaboration that we can better serve our communities by ensuring that the industry is robustly regulated to deter crime, ensure integrity, and enhance protection for the vulnerable in our societies.”
4. On Mr Lau’s newly-appointed role, Ms Hensel said: “I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Peet Meng from his time as both a Board of Trustee member and Vice President. He is well-equipped to take IAGR to even greater heights at a critical time. With the industry becoming more technically advanced and global, regulators need each other more than ever before. IAGR provides a forum for the knowledge sharing that is so important to our individual and collective successes, and I am confident that the association will continue to evolve to meet emerging challenges under Peet Meng's leadership.”
5. Mr Lau’s presidency will be till October 2014.
SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
6. In addition, CRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Great Britain Gambling Commission (GBGC) in Oslo, Norway on 30 September 2013.
7. The MOU was signed by Chief Executive of CRA, Mr Lau Peet Meng and Commissioner and Chief Executive of GBGC, Ms Jenny Williams.
8. This MOU reaffirms the commitment of both parties to collaborate in areas such as information and knowledge sharing, exchange visits and training opportunities. This paves the way for strengthening the regulatory frameworks of both countries in response to the dynamic gambling landscape globally.
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Communications & International Relations Branch
Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore
02 October 2013