There is a difference between a list of countries recognized by the United States and a list of countries that are allowed to do business with the United States.
As far as I know, there is no one comprehensive list of countries that are allowed to do business with the United State. Unfortunately, the politics in our country are not that easy. Here is a list the Treasury Department keeps to show sanctions against other countries.
Thanks for the reply, Chris, but I'm sorry.. this is a red herring - please stop talking about US politics which is completely irrelevant. We're just talking about allowing webinar registrants to choose their country from a pulldown.
Really we just need the providers of GoToWebinar to fix it or explain - I think they have all the information they need about the situation now. It's time for them to respond.
Amazing. I just got another complaint about another country missing from the list - Democratic Republic of the Congo. I had a look at the available countries and am just amazed. How can Antarctica, a continent, be listed as a country but not DRC? Aruba is also listed, which is part of the Netherlands.
I'm super curious to understand now how this country pulldown came to be and am eager to hear from the providers. If there is no news, I will change the field options on my forms to make country a free text field instead of a pulldown. This will be cumbersome to manage so I will also start looking at alternative systems for managing the webinar process. GTW is great for organizing webinars but it's not the only game in town.
Out of curiosity, I compared GTW's country list against ours, which is based on a list of UN recognized countries. Below is the full list. (-) indicates the country is on our list but missing from GTW. (+) indicates it's on GTW but not on our list. Many Caribbean islands are included, but an astounding 18 United Nations recognized countries are missing.
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
+ BOUVET ISLAND
- Central African Republic
+ CHRISTMAS ISLAND
+ COOK ISLANDS
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
+ Falkland islands
+ French Guiana
+ NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
+ NEW CALEDONIA
+ NORFOLK ISLAND
- Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
- Sint Maarten
- South Sudan
- State of Palestine
+ ST. HELENA
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
- Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
+ WESTERN SAHARA
Yup - Cuba is on my list of missing countries. Incredible that there has been no official response about this issue in all this time. I've even mentioned it to logmein and gotowebinar on twitter. No response at all. 😞
I am amazed and disappointed. So much time has passed with no official reply.
I like gotowebinar, but it's time to start looking into alternatives if they can't fix this simple thing that causes us so much grief.
Our lists are designed to align with applicable laws that LogMeIn is subject to, including export law. For that reason, some countries that are not currently included will not be added. Others that are not subject to export law may be added in the future.
Update: December 18, 2020 --
The Country list in Registration forms has been updated to include the following countries:
Hey @GlennD ,
Can you explain us (or maybe your legal department) why the USA export law is forbidding to use specific words when the attendees trying to register? I have the impression that you do not export or having any kind financial transcation by just mentioning specific country names.
The U.S. Department of State, mention's the forbidden country names and even they have special webpages (e.g. https://www.state.gov/p/nea/ci/ir/).
I totally agree with this post. I also get complaints from users from Iraq and it take too long now. I suggest that GotoWebinar will solve this problem immediately. There is no reason why these countries are not available in the list.