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Ireland's Corporate Sector Mounts Robust Campaign to Secure Hosting Rights for AML Authority

In a concerted effort to position Dublin as the preferred location for Europe's Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA), Corporate Ireland, led by Ibec—a prominent group representing major corporations across diverse sectors—has thrown its weight behind the Irish government's bid. The high-profile support extends to influential bodies such as the Law Society of Ireland, Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, Insurance Ireland, and the Compliance Institute.

Ireland's Corporate Sector Mounts Robust Campaign to Secure Hosting Rights for AML Authority

This strategic backing was not merely symbolic, as it culminated in a noteworthy event in Dublin that brought together Ireland's Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath, European Ambassadors, and key figures from the business community. Minister McGrath, emphasizing Ireland's credentials, highlighted its status as a "large independent globally interconnected financial center" and a technology hub. He stressed the importance of finalizing AMLA's location before the conclusion of the current European Parliament and expressed Ireland's eagerness to contribute significantly to this new institution.

Adding legal perspectives to the discourse, Ireland's Attorney General Rossa Fanning underlined the advantage of Ireland's common law legal system in engaging with other common law jurisdictions, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Michael J McGrath, Assistant Secretary at Ireland’s finance ministry, further emphasized the appeal of Ireland's bid, pointing to the common law systems in countries such as Singapore and the UAE.


In the highly competitive race involving nine countries, Ireland has emerged as a frontrunner by not only offering the most substantial funding—€80 million—but also providing a choice of two office blocks. The bid's financial commitment reflects Ireland's determination to secure AMLA's hosting rights. Crucially, hearings for the competing countries are slated for next week in Brussels (January 30), with the announcement of the winning bid expected on February 22.

Ibec's CEO, Danny McCoy, expressed confidence in Ireland's capacity to host AMLA, emphasizing the potential positive impact on the nation's financial services, insurance, technology, and cybersecurity sectors. He highlighted Ireland's established reputation for robust regulation and enforcement, asserting that hosting AMLA in Dublin would fortify the country's standing as an exceptional business destination.

Jackie King, Executive Director of Ibec Global, underscored the global significance of AMLA in combatting money laundering. With illicit assets totaling a staggering $3 trillion flowing through global financial systems in 2023, the establishment of AMLA is seen as a critical step in addressing issues such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorist financing within the European context.

In a landscape where geopolitical considerations intertwine with financial and regulatory imperatives, Ireland's corporate sector, alongside influential representative bodies, is strategically navigating the competitive bid to position Dublin as the optimal host city for AMLA. As the geopolitical stage unfolds, the outcome of this bid is poised to have far-reaching implications for Ireland's role in shaping European anti-money laundering initiatives.



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