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Enhancing productivity in Indonesia: A landmark partnership between BAPPENAS and the APO

29 Feb 2024

In a momentous stride aimed at enhancing productivity within Indonesia, the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) and Asian Productivity Organization (APO) signed a letter of intent (LOI) on 28 February in Osaka, marking a new era in their collaboration. The signing ceremony, graced by Minister Suharso Monoarfa of BAPPENAS, underscored the commitment to the joint pursuit of developing and implementing the National Productivity Master Plan for Indonesia. Minister Monoarfa, in his keynote address, acknowledged the strategic focus of this partnership in addressing the enduring challenge of augmenting economic growth through heightened productivity.

Minister Suharso Monoarfa (L) of BAPPENAS and Indonesian Ambassador Heri Akhmadi witnessed the signing of the LOI between Secretary for BAPPENAS Teni Widuriyanti and APO Secretary-General Dr. Indra Pradana Singawinata.

In his opening remarks, APO Secretary-General Dr. Indra Pradana Singawinata highlighted that Indonesia faced an urgent need to elevate its economic status and escape the middle-income trap, identifying productivity improvement as a critical pathway. To achieve Indonesia’s aspirations to transform into an advanced economy by the 100th anniversary of independence in 2045 and its bid to join the OECD, a holistic, coordinated approach to harness the full potential of its human capital is crucial.

The collaboration between BAPPENAS and the APO, together with the National Productivity Organization (NPO) of Indonesia, is a testament to their commitment to driving sustainable economic development. It aligns with Indonesia’s National Long-Term Development Plan (RPJPN) 2025–2045, which seeks to transform the economy through various strategic initiatives, including industrialization, modernization of agriculture, and enhancement of labor productivity.

The LOI signed between the two parties with the full support of the NPO Indonesia paves the way for comprehensive efforts to boost productivity, including research, innovation, and skill enhancement. By leveraging the APO’s expertise and resources, Indonesia is set to embark on a transformative journey that will not only improve its economic indicators but also contribute significantly to the well-being of its people.

Secretary Widuriyanti (L), Secretary-General Dr. Indra, Ambassador Akhmadi, Minister Monoarfa, and representatives from the Japan-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Association.

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