The APO is a regional intergovernmental organization and is nonpolitical, nonprofit, and nondiscriminatory.
It was established on 11 May 1961.
The APO promotes productivity among its members in the industry, service, and agriculture sectors. It partners mainly with NPOs and other international organizations in its activities.
The APO promotes productivity because it is one of the keys to achieving sustainable socioeconomic development, leading to a better quality of life for all.
The APO carries out capacity-building activities for NPOs and undertakes projects for human resources development such as training courses, research, and publications.
Funding mainly comes from annual membership contributions, supplemented by special cash and project implementation grants from the governments of APO members.