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Frequently asked questions about the APO

What is the APO?

The APO is a regional intergovernmental organization and is nonpolitical, nonprofit, and nondiscriminatory.

When was the APO established?

It was established on 11 May 1961.

What does the APO do?

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.

Why does the APO promote productivity?

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.

How does the APO promote productivity?

The APO carries out capacity-building activities for NPOs and undertakes projects for human resources development such as training courses, research, and publications.

Where does the APO obtain its funding?

Funding mainly comes from annual membership contributions, supplemented by special cash and project implementation grants from the governments of APO members.

How to become an APO member?

Please click for APO membership.


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The first external evaluation of APO projects is conducted by independent experts.

A bimonthly Japanese edition of the APO News is published.

The Secretariat moves from Aoyama to Hirakawa-cho.
The APO’s 40th anniversary is marked with the First International Conference on Productivity in the e-Age in New Delhi, along with the International Forum for SMEs.
2nd World Conference on Green Productivity is held in Manila.

Lao PDR joins the APO.
First APO web-based videoconferencing project on TQM is organized.
Cambodia joins the APO.

Kuala Lumpur hosts the 1st Eco-products International Fair (EPIF) organized by the APO and others.

The One Village, One Product movement becomes part of the Agriculture Program.
Bangkok hosts the 2nd EPIF.

The APO Regional Award is conferred on four individuals and the APO National Award on ten.
After a productivity conference in Sandton, South Africa, cooperation with the Pan African Productivity Association takes off.

Singapore hosts the 3rd EPIF.
An International Productivity Conference in Bangkok focuses on knowledge management.
The EPIF in Hanoi attracts nearly 100,000 visitors.

An Observational Study Mission to Switzerland on Quality and Innovation is implemented with JETRO support.

The first self-e-learning course on the Balanced Scorecard launched.
Manila hosts the 5th EPIF.

Singapore is appointed as the COE on BE, the first APO COE.

The APO participates in the Conference on the Global Economic Crisis in Tainan, Republic of China.
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