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Overview

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. It is nonpolitical, nonprofit, and nondiscriminatory.

APO Information Sheet
(English / Japanese)

Mission

Contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of Asia and the Pacific through enhancing productivity.

Vision

To be the leading international organization on productivity enhancement, enabling APO economies to be more productive and competitive by 2020.

Strategic Directions

Strengthen NPOs and promote the development of SMEs and communities.
Catalyze innovation-led productivity growth.
Promote Green Productivity.

Think Tank
The APO conducts research on emerging needs of members for their follow-up and for determining appropriate assistance to them.
The APO promotes bilateral and multilateral alliances among members and between them and others outside the APO region for collaboration in productivity-related activities for mutual benefit.
The APO surveys the economic and development policies and performance of each member and assists in formulating strategic changes for enhanced productivity and competitiveness.
The APO strengthens the capability of the National Productivity Organizations (NPOs) and other institutions to provide productivity promotion, training, and consultancy services to the public and private sectors.
The APO facilitates the dissemination and exchange of information on productivity among its members and other stakeholders.
Catalyst
Regional Adviser
Institution Builder
Clearinghouse for Productivity Information
Five Key Roles of the APO
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