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SMEs are the pillar of APO member economies, accounting for more than 95% of all enterprises and more than 60% of employment. Facing increasing challenges from globalization, the Internet, and digital revolution, all economies must find new ways to help their SMEs survive global competition and enhance productivity through innovation. In addition to the conventional […]

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Agriculture and the food industry play an important role in the economies of most developing economies in Asia. The sector provides food, feed, fiber, and biofuel. It creates employment and is the main source of income for the rural population. Thus improvement of the agriculture and food sector is indispensable for promoting sustainable, inclusive socioeconomic […]

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The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Center of Excellence (COE) Program is an initiative that allows member economies to showcase their best practices in areas of specialization. The COE not only serve as zones of expertise but also disseminate information and train productivity practitioners in APO members by helping them adopt and replicate models. COE also […]

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Over the years, various capacity-building programs have been organized to assist the development of NPOs in line with the APO strategic direction of strengthening NPOs and enabling them to increase the productivity and competitiveness of member countries. The Development of Productivity Practitioners (DPP): Basic and Advanced courses are core projects to achieve this primary goal. […]

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Thirteen participants from nine Asian Productivity Organization (APO) member countries are attending the study mission on Lean and Advanced Technology in Healthcare Services. The five-day mission in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA, 5–9 June 2017 has been organized to coincide with the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2017. APO mission members will attend the second […]

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The business excellence (BE) framework is a dynamic tool for managing organizations to improve competitiveness and productivity. Using the BE framework, organizations can identify strengths and opportunities and then align management systems and processes to create an environment for sustainable, continuous improvement. Strengthening BE frameworks in organizations requires robust self-assessment tools. Technical expertise, good interpersonal […]

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The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and China Productivity Center (CPC) concluded the International Conference on Industry 4.0 and the Future of Productivity in Taipei, Republic of China (ROC). During the three-day conference from 23 to 25 May 2017, 46 participants, including two observers, from 15 APO member countries discussed and shared views on the implications […]

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The public sector plays a vital role in socioeconomic development, and leaders in government agencies must take adequate steps to increase efficiency and effectiveness of governance. As part of initiatives to help member countries improve public-sector productivity, the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) is conducting a multicountry observational study mission on Public-sector Productivity for High-level Officials […]

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Integrated Farming (IF) practices emphasize the use of naturally, sustainably produced soil nutrients and cultivation of diversified crops, livestock husbandry, and allied enterprises in a manner that enhances overall farm productivity in balance with local, regional, and global environmental resources. IF makes judicious use of agricultural inputs and farm resources, generates farm employment, optimizes technology […]

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The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) is conducting a Multicountry Observational Study Mission (OSM) on Innovations in Food Value Chain (FVC) Management at the Secretariat in Tokyo, organized under a special cash grant from the Government of Japan. Eighteen participants from 13 member countries are attending the six-day study mission commencing 15 May 2017. The OSM […]

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