Switzerland and the United States Sign Joint Statement to Strengthen Collaboration on Quantum

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Press releases, 19.10.2022

On October 19, 2022 Switzerland and the United States signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation in Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST). The signing took place at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, DC. 

The joint statement bases on and builds upon the nations’ shared democratic values and the strong bottom-up collaborations that exist between QIST researchers from the two countries.

QIST has the potential to revolutionize many areas of science and technology through the creation of quantum computers that outperform traditional computers at certain tasks, quantum networks for transmitting and distributing quantum information, and ultra-sensitive quantum sensors.

Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research, and Innovation, signed the joint statement for Switzerland, while Monica P. Medina, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, signed for the U.S.

“Both Switzerland and the USA occupy top positions in QIST research and development. In summary, this Joint Statement further strengthens Switzerland's research and innovation landscape by expanding bilateral cooperation with strong partners all over the world.”, said Hirayama.

The Joint Statement advances both countries’ agendas to engage in good-faith cooperation in QIST, promote integrity in research, create respectful and inclusive scientific research communities, and build a trusted market and supply chain.

Jacques Pitteloud, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, said “The strong scientific ties between Switzerland and the United States take on a new dimension with the signing of a Joint Statement on Quantum Cooperation and demonstrates the willingness of both countries to address key challenges of this century by advancing the promising possibilities of QIST.”