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French Guiana – Dutch operator close to French Guiana breakthrough

By - 21 June 2013

The city of Kourou, located in French Guiana in South America, is in discussions with a Dutch casino operator, whose name has not been disclosed, to bring a casino to French Guiana.

Sandwiched between Suriname and Brazil, French Guiana is an overseas region and department of France.

Councillor Adelson Magloire wants to complete negotiations by the end of the month. The unnamed operator will then have to file an application for a building permit and an application for approval from the Ministry of the Interior. The state should give its response some ‘six to seven months’ after the application. The aim is to open the facility in the second half 2014.

Earlier this year, the Cogit, group, an established casino operator in the Caribbean, signed an agreement with the city of Matoury to develop the slot sector in the country. Some analysts believed the agreement meant the end of the casino project in Kourou, as impact studies had concluded it would not be possible to support two casinos within a 60 miles radius.

However Councillor Magloire said: “The Department has informed us that there is no information on the location of another casino in Matoury or elsewhere in Guyana. In France, there are sometimes three or four casinos within a radius of 50 to 60 to 70 km. For the Department, every application is valid, so long as the casino operator expects to earn revenues and security issues are handled.”

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