We joined MDQ members in Amsterdam in October last year to discuss shared quantum policies, values and goals. We’ve now published an officials level statement of guiding principles that will support the MDQ's work.

The group is made up of 13 countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

It started as an informal group of quantum officials, meeting to identify common interests and concerns. We’ve met 4 times so far.

The principles will enable the MDQ to coordinate efforts and deliver tangible outcomes, including by:

  • promoting scientific collaboration and exchange of ideas
  • incorporating subject-matter expertise in policy discussions and decisions
  • sharing best practices to grow the quantum information science and technology (QIST) talent base
  • creating a vibrant and trusted global QIST industry
  • planning for quantum-resistant cyber infrastructure
  • increasing quantum awareness and readiness
  • encouraging the discovery of use cases to benefit society.

The statement caps off an important year of international collaboration on quantum technology. 

We reaffirmed the Australia-US Joint Statement on Collaboration on Quantum in May 2023. We signed the Australia-UK Joint Statement on Collaboration on Quantum In November 2023.