'We’re Taking A Calculated Risk': Joseph Muscat Says Becoming The Blockchain Island Will Help Fight Money Laundering
"I see blockchain as part of a solution when it comes to anti-money laundering procedures"
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat sees the burgeoning blockchain industry in Malta as a tool against money laundering in the European Union, as well as a way of cutting "layers of bureaucracy", he said in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday.
“I see blockchain as a technology being part of a solution when it comes to due diligence and anti-money laundering procedures,” Muscat said. “We’re quite aware of anti-money laundering issues all across Europe and I don’t think it can be pinned down on one particular country such as Malta.”
"We’re taking a calculated risk,” he said of the fact that the island was fast-tracking blockchain-related organisations and currently attracting crypto company after crypto company.
Pictured: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat delivering a speech at the Digital Assembly
Joseph Muscat pointed towards Malta's iGaming industry as proof that Malta has always been ready to take risks in attracting novel industries
“In the same way that we came up with our regulation when it came to online gaming, we are trail blazers in all this,” Muscat said. “I think we can replicate this in this area too, where the EU will at the end of the day be doing what we are very much doing right here today.”
With Malta quickly becoming the crypto-friendliest nation in the world, and Malta's stock exchange currently in discussions with companies to start listing their digital assets, it seems like Malta is well on its way to becoming the Blockchain Island.