Tanzania is to purge illegal slot machines, the Gaming Board of Tanzania (GBT) has announced.

The widespread practice of using illegal slot, said the GBT, is depriving the state of much-needed tax revenues.

The board said that it has embarked on a series of initiatives in conjunction with the Tanzania Revenue Authority and police, but it may need an Information Communication and Technology system to offer a long-term solution.

In a report in Gaming for Africa, the monitoring technology had been investigated by the board and the final product would be connected to all machines so that they can be registered with their location. It is now in the final stages of development and it is hoped to introduce it in the latter part of next month.

GBT is a gaming regulatory body which was established under the Gaming Act Cap. 41 and became effective on 1st July 2003. It is responsible for overseeing, monitoring and regulating the conduct of gaming activities in Tanzania.
The gaming industry in Tanzania was previously regulated under the Pools and Lotteries Act, 1967 and the National Lotteries Act, 1974.
The economic liberalization policy and reform programs, and particularly the enactment of the National Investments Promotions and Protection Act of 1992, stimulated investment projects in hotel and leisure industry.

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