Antigua and Barbuda. In March, the World Trade
Organization joined Antigua and Barbuda in the drawn-out
dispute between the US and the US over foreign Internet
gaming companies' access to the US domestic market. The WTO
then ruled that the United States had not followed the
organisation's 2005 decision that it must ease a number of
restrictions against foreign-based Internet gaming
companies. As a result, in December the WTO granted Antigua
and Barbuda the right to impose trade sanctions on the
United States at a value equivalent to USD 21 million per
CountryAAH, Antigua and Barbuda have become increasingly dependent on
foreign currency from Internet casinos based in the country
as a result of reduced tourism income. In 2003, Antigua and
Barbuda notified the US restrictions to the WTO.
At a solemn ceremony in Parliament in the capital of
Saint John's July 17, a woman, 62-year-old Louise Lake-Tack,
was installed for the first time at the post of Antigua and
Barbuda General Governor. Lake-Tack replaced James B.
Carlisle who retired after holding office since 1993. The
Governor-General is tasked with representing the country's
head of state, Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, on the islands.