Technological changes and disruptions are occurring daily in every sphere. Old industries shrink or disappear, while new ones alter the social, economic, environmental, and political landscape. Today, technologies are combining new ways of improving business performance and productivity, offering benefits as well as challenges to which the public and private sectors must respond. Business leaders must update organizational strategies in the face of continual evolution, ensure that their organizations always look ahead, and use technologies to improve performance. They must also plan for a range of scenarios, abandon assumptions about where competition and risk could arise, and look beyond long-established models.

All organizations should be able to act fast, make informed decisions now, and fine-tune strategies or policies as necessary. It is therefore critical for leaders to understand which technologies will alter their circumstances and prepare accordingly. The APO Sustainable Productivity Summit will orient member countries on "the next big thing" and technologies shaping the future of productivity while creating maximum benefits for their economies.




The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) is an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1961, the APO contributes to the sustainable socioeconomic development of the region through policy advisory services, acting as a think tank, and undertaking smart initiatives in the industry, agriculture, service, and public sectors. The APO is shaping the future of the region by assisting member economies in formulating national strategies for enhanced productivity and through a range of institutional capacity-building efforts, including research and centers of excellence in member countries.

Supporting Organizations

  • World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific
  • Pan African Productivity Association
  • Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia
  • Cornell University
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Japan Productivity Center
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Japan External Trade Organization
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Japan Association of Corporate Executives
  • Japan Business Federation
  • Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships
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Livestreaming from the summit at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo.
Streaming 9:00–17:10, Tues., 10 July 2018