APO concludes 63rd GBM
The APO concluded the 63rd session of the APO Governing Body (GBM), held virtually on 8–9 June 2021, with reaffirmation of commitment to productivity enhancement. Hosted by the Government of Japan, APO Directors and representatives from the APO 20 member countries were in unison in their support to launch new initiatives aimed at ensuring the relevance of productivity tools, techniques, and methodology, such as the Green Productivity 2.0. The GB also supports the strengthening of the APO’s key engagement such as the Centers of Excellence with the introduction of new, innovative approaches.
In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the APO, the Directors conferred APO Awards for the Regional, National, and newly introduced Meritorious and Distinguished categories and issued the Tokyo Statement on the Centrality of Productivity, which is a tribute to the APO’s Diamond Jubilee and serves as a reference for forward-looking goals as we face a turbulent, uncertain future.
SMEs are the backbone of the economy in most APO member countries, and establishing productivity measurement and monitoring systems is key for them to remain competitive under volatile market conditions. However, that volatility in the business environment and...