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Founded six decades ago, in 1961, the 60th anniversary of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) in 2021 comes amid a severe socioeconomic crisis caused by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, under which economies contracted, businesses collapsed, and millions have lost their jobs across the Asia-Pacific region. Higher productivity is now more vital than ever to lift people from their current plight.
Our Diamond Jubilee therefore underlines the need for the APO and its members to continue to adapt and innovate. Longevity is a blessing, but our continuing relevance and achievements so far should not be taken for granted as we move ahead with our mission.
May our long, proud history bequeath us the wisdom and foresight to forge the path ahead to a better, brighter, more productive future.
Happy 60th anniversary, APO!