Finland and the US strengthen cooperation in quantum sector
In future, quantum technology will play an important role both in the operations of companies and industry and in solving major challenges facing societies, such as climate change. The quantum sector is undergoing rapid development and Finland must be involved in its international development and cooperation.
Ilona Lundström, Director General of the Innovations and Enterprise Financing Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, and Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State of the United States, signed a statement on cooperation in the quantum sector between Finland and the United States on 5 April 2022 in Washington. Mikko Hautala, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, was also present at the signing ceremony.
The joint statement brings together Finnish and American quantum researchers, public officials and company representatives, and promotes research and innovation projects and commercial cooperation between the two countries.
“Quantum technology is one of the revolutionary technologies in which Finland has strong expertise. In order to fully utilise this expertise, we need strong international networks and cooperation,” Lundström says.
The signing of the statement is part of Lundström’s visit to Washington, where she will meet authorities, funding organisations and experts responsible for science and technology matters. The visit lays the foundation for further planning of scientific and technological cooperation between Finland and the US.
The visit includes a meeting with companies concerning Finnish maritime industry and Arctic expertise.
Jonna Lehtinen, Development Director, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 5047 295
Martti Myllylä, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 5048 034
Mikko Puustinen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 5047 144