Quantum computing: where is the greatest potential for governments?

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July 6, 2023

Quantum computing is seen as having the potential to revolutionise areas ranging from healthcare and financial services to artificial intelligence (AI).

This emerging technology’s impact includes unprecedented power to perform complex computational tasks, and store and process data. But its potential will likely not be fully realised for decades to come.

Governments worldwide are stepping up their interest. Canada’s government, for example, has described quantum technology and AI as ‘key parts’ of its plan for the country’s post-pandemic economy. In the UK the government ran a consultation in early 2022 to inform a national strategy. Australia’s government is also developing a national strategy.

Governments are themselves investing in the technology. The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) acquired the government’s first quantum computer in 2022 as it looks to explore applications for quantum technology in defence. The European Commission, meanwhile, is planning to build state-of-the-art pilot quantum computers by 2023 as part of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking.

This Global Government Fintech/Global Government Forum webinar will ask questions including:
* Why are governments interested in – and investing in – quantum computing?
* Where is quantum computing’s greatest potential impact for the operations of public authorities / the delivery of citizen services?


Public servants can register here for free to attend this webinar


USA/Canada Eastern Time (EST): 09:30 – 10:45
British Summer Time (BST): 14:30 – 15:45
Central European Summer Time (CEST): 15:30 – 16:45
Eastern European Summer Time (EEST): 16:30 – 17:45
Singapore Time (SGT): 21:30 – 22:45
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): 23:30 – 00:45


Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.