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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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The Green Productivity (GP) concept is a strategy for productivity enhancement in tandem with environmental protection. Well accepted in all sectors, it is increasingly being applied to community development. Environmentally friendly farming, the practical application of the GP concept to farming models, has become an important growth factor in agriculture in Asia and the Pacific. […]

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Contributed by GP Expert Teoh Cheng Hai, Malaysia, and Mr. Tan Tian Sang, PT Musim Mas, Indonesia PT Musim Mas (www.musimmas.com), a fully integrated palm oil corporation in Indonesia, has adopted the Green Productivity (GP) methodology to achieve continuous improvement in the sustainable production of palm oil. GP has become an integral part of the […]

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Increasing demand from environment-conscious consumers coupled with new government regulations in many countries now force enterprises to take responsibility for the entire product/service life cycle. Enterprises thus have no choice but to green their supply chains, in which green procurement plays an important role. Companies that practice green procurement emphasize compliance with environmental standards in […]

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Contributed by Special Secretary Tourism Dr. Ravinder N. Batta, Government of Himachal Pradesh, India The concept of eco-towns originated in Japan. Toward the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, problems of air and water pollution and solid waste management assumed serious dimensions in Japan. The only solution was achieving zero emissions by promoting local […]

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In the face of increased competition in domestic and international agricultural markets, small and medium-sized farms and agribusinesses are undergoing a transformation. Advanced technology facilitates farm competitiveness and growth through product development, expanded business opportunities, and niche market creation. However, many technological innovations are not efficiently transferred and commercialized due to various bottlenecks such as […]

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