USA and France to strengthen cooperation on quantum computing

The US Office of Science and Technology Policy and France’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research signed a joint statement on cooperation in quantum information science and technology (QIST).

The statement builds on several other USA-France agreements, including a 2018 Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation and a 2021 Joint Statement on Science and Technology Cooperation which identified QIS as a focus. Both countries have recognised the potential for QIST to transform many areas of science and technology through the development of quantum computers, quantum networks, and quantum sensors which will offer new capabilities over traditional devices.

On 1 December, the French Embassy in the USA announced that the statement was transmitted to Paris in the form of the embassy’s first post-quantum encrypted diplomatic message.