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The General Secretariat of the Commercial Gambling Management Commission of Cambodia has issued new guidelines for gambling businesses in Cambodia.

The guidelines are aimed at gambling operators and the managers of casino operations to ensure the effective implementation of laws governing commercial gambling and to protect the legitimate rights of operators in the sector.

“The guidelines aim to crack down on all illegal gambling activities and gambling dens and to promote legal commercial gambling,” the CGMC said.

The purpose of the guidelines on the management of casino operations is to ensure that casino operations can be carried out that follow the laws and standard documents relevant to the management of commercial gambling.

The CGMC has instructed the casino operators or casino owners to apply for a licence or renew their casino licences to receive permission to continue to operate.

Casino operations are only allowed in the clearly defined geographical locations of their casino development proposal and the conditions set out in the Law on the Management of Commercial Gambling and the relevant legal documents in force.

The CGMC added that the casino operators or casino owners who have received casino licences from the CGMC can only operate in the premises designated in their casino licences.

The guidelines read that the casino operators or casino owners who applied for casino licences from the Ministry of Economy and Finance and are fulfilling the required conditions to renew the 2022 licence will be issued a certificate of legality to continue their casino businesses for the year 2022.