(Caribbean News Now): NASSAU, Bahamas -- Reform of gambling laws in The Bahamas could have a major impact on future stability and revenue growth, according to a top rating agency.
Ed Al-Hussainy, assistant vice president and analyst at Moody's, said domestic gambling legislation pales in comparison to casino regulations. While domestic gambling might have social implications, from a fiscal point of view, updated gambling laws for tourists will have a far bigger role to play in The Bahamas' economic fortune.
He told Guardian Business from New York that these regulations have the ability to provide a "big revenue boost" to a government strapped for cash.
"The bigger picture is casino regulations. I think as they get closer to Baha Mar coming online, that is going to become a much more pressing issue," he explained. "The regulations must be updated, or the country limits its potential."