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In an effort to expand its network of contacts with international organizations, national agencies, and institutions in countries outside its membership, the APO undertakes numerous international cooperation programs and activities. As part of these efforts, the APO deputed Information Officer Sunju Lee to make a presentation on the APO for eight officials from three Andean […]

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The APO News quiz contest in the December 2007 issue received 76 entries including 50 with 100% correct answers (please see below for answers). The prizewinners were decided through a lucky draw performed by APO Secretariat staff members. Our congratulations to all the winners, who will receive their prizes soon. We also thank everyone for […]

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Contributed by Marylin Perlas, APEAEN Secretary and Executive Director (2004–2007) The Asia Pacific Association of Educators on Agriculture and Environment (APEAEN) was born on 5 August 1997 during the APO symposium on Agricultural Education Systems in Japan as a follow-up action of the APO Secretariat. Sixteen participants representing 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region voluntarily […]

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The APO endeavors to collaborate with international organizations in its pursuit of productivity improvement in the Asia-Pacific region. The collaboration between the APO and FAO to promote agricultural productivity has a long history. Accordingly, we are pleased to announce the Global Agro-Industries Forum in New Delhi, 8−11 April 2008, organized by the Food and Agriculture […]

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The workshop on Integrated Community Development for the Mekong Region: Regional Development through Rural Industrialization and Networking among Stakeholders was organized by the APO in Fukuoka, Japan, 11–14 December 2007, in collaboration with the Kyushu University Asia Center and Fukuoka prefectural government. It was attended by 20 participants from the four Mekong region member countries […]

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Observational study missions allow a firsthand view of practices and applications of specific tools by firms and industries in the host country. They have been one of the most popular and successful project types organized by the APO. Historically, these projects have been conducted mainly in member countries to allow participants to observe best practices […]

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Contributed by Mr. William Lee, Planning and Operations Management Group, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology The study mission was coorganized by the APO and Japan Productivity Center for Socio-Economic Development (JPC-SED) and attended by 18 delegates from India, Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Republic of China, Thailand, and Vietnam […]

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Innovation is a driver of growth and will continue to be so. It also contributes to boosting per capita income. The capacity to innovate is important in sustaining economic growth, capitalizing on future economic opportunities, and meeting the challenges presented by the growing knowledge-based workforce, intelligent markets, and an increasingly connected and competitive global economy. […]

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Trade in fruit and vegetables is increasingly becoming more complex. Aside from meeting the sanitary and phytosanitary requirements of an importing country, all parties in the supply chain, including producers, processors, and traders, must meet increasing consumer demand for quality and safety assurance of produce. They must also meet additional requirements of importers and retailers […]

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Venture businesses are rapidly increasing in number in APO member countries, generating a wide range of innovative and creative firms. These venture businesses are considered to be one of the important factors in revitalizing national economies with abundant possibilities for utilizing human capital, skills, and creativity. Therefore, many APO member governments have acknowledged the importance […]

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