Quad Leaders’ Summit Fact Sheet
White House Press Release
May 20, 2023
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met in Hiroshima on May 20, 2023 for the fifth convening of the Quad Leaders’ Summit. The Quad is committed to supporting the region’s development, stability, and prosperity to benefit the people of the Indo-Pacific. The leaders’ ambitious efforts include major initiatives on infrastructure, maritime security, public-private partnership, climate, health, critical and emerging technologies, and space.
The Quad leaders are committed to delivering results for the region. Infrastructure – from roads to electricity to internet connectivity – is key to these efforts to meet the needs of the people in the region. The leaders welcome the launch of three major infrastructure initiatives to provide training, capacity, and resources to improve ongoing and future infrastructure projects.
Quad Partnership for Cable Connectivity and Resilience
- Undersea cables are a critical component of communications infrastructure and serve as the foundation for internet connectivity. The Quad Partnership for Cable Connectivity and Resilience will bring together public and private sector actors to address gaps in the infrastructure and coordinate on future builds.
- Under this partnership, Australia will establish a new Indo-Pacific Cable Connectivity and Resilience Program to share best practice and provide technical assistance to Indo-Pacific governments.
- The United States is providing technical assistance and capacity building on the security of undersea cable systems through its $5 million CABLES program.
- This partnership will improve access to develop trusted and secure cable systems and establish better internet connectivity and resiliency in the Indo-Pacific.
The Indo-Pacific region comprises 65 percent of the world’s oceans and countries throughout the region depend on the free movement of goods and people for their livelihoods. The Quad has made significant steps in enhancing maritime domain awareness.
Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA)
- Launched at the Tokyo Summit on May 24, 2022, IPMDA is now bringing cutting-edge satellite-based radio frequency (RF) data to partners around the region, enhancing their maritime domain awareness, and equipping them to better monitor their waters.
- Quad partners are supporting three pilot programs across the region in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Indian Ocean Region – and discussions are underway to provide this enhanced capability to additional partners in the coming months.
- Through greater transparency, IPMDA is supporting our regional partners in their efforts to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific by improving their ability to: counter illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; respond to climate change and natural disasters; and enforce the law near their shores.