Peter Mireku, Commissioner for the Gaming Commission of Ghana, believes that the upcoming Gaming Africa from 24 to 25 October in Johannesburg will help to alter some of the negative perceptions that exist of the industry as well as providing a high profile, professional showcase for gaming on the continent. Mr Mireku, one of the thought leaders who will be speaking at the two day conference, said: “I think every gaming jurisdiction needs to establish a focal point. Africa comprises 54 countries whose gaming strategies are travelling at different speeds and in some cases in different directions. The coming together of the various interests, both governmental and those from within the industry, offers great opportunity for everyone to share information, experience and insight. “Many thought leaders believe that gaming suffers from a negative narrative and events such as Gaming Africa provide a platform to demonstrate not only the technology that this industry deploys but it also shines a light on the importance attached to social responsibility and the harm minimisation initiatives that are at the heart of a progressive and sustainable industry.” “Events like this are as much about listening as anything else. There will be some extremely smart minds in attendance, not just from Africa, but from much further afield, representing commercial organisations who want to conduct business on the continent and it would be foolish not to listen and to establish best practice. The challenge we face is achieving the balance between social responsibility and a successful, thriving industry.” The Conference topic ‘Does Being Responsible Pay? Featuring Susan O’Leary, CEO, Alderney eGambling, Yahaya Maikori, Senior Partner, Law Allianz and Judy Kiragu, Director, Golden Key Casino, will examine whether the relationship between player protection and appropriate regulatory frameworks is the key to a successful, sustainable industry drawing on case study examples of how this has worked successfully in other jurisdictions. Peter Mireku concluded: “I also look forward to being part of a professionally run event. I am very aware of the excellent reputation that the organisers, Clarion Gaming, enjoy in the industry, not least as a result of ICE Totally Gaming, the London event that in 2017 attracted over 30,000 visitors from 151 nations. Whilst Gaming Africa is not in that league – for the moment at least – I know that the same attention to detail and professionalism will be in evidence. This is going to be good for Africa.” Gaming Africa is the new two day free-to-attend conference taking place across 24 and 25 October in Johannesburg. Created and staged by the team responsible for ICE, Gaming Africa has learning and training at its core. Featuring learning modules covering the economy, payment methods, social responsibility, anti-money laundering, investment, public relations, regional roundtables and two master classes from the Totally Gaming Academy, entitled ‘Casino Marketing Academy’ and ‘Online Sports Betting Master Class’, Gaming Africa has raised the bar in terms of delivering an event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent.