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Request for Proposal (RFP)

Conducting Research on Policies Supporting the Shift to a Knowledge-based Economy

Analyze trends of the knowledge-based economy including policies in APO members that promote its adoption to enhance productivity; investigate the opportunities and barriers that accompany in the transition toward a knowledge-based economy; and provide strategies and models to promote the adoption of advanced technologies to enhance productivity in a knowledge-based economy.

For more details, PN and Implementation Procedures.


Since the beginning of the 21st century, global economies have been undergoing a profound transformation, shifting from traditional industrial models to knowledge-based economies (ADB, 2007). This transition has underscored the crucial role of knowledge, information, and high skill levels in driving productivity growth.

In this evolving economic landscape, access to knowledge and information is emerging as a cornerstone of success, acting as a catalyst for innovation and overall competitiveness across sectors. The adoption and integration of technologies are poised to reshape the productivity landscape of knowledge-based economies. For example, AI technologies offer advanced automation, data analytics, and decision-making capabilities that have the potential to accelerate productivity growth and drive sustainable prosperity. Therefore, analyzing existing policies and leveraging government support are essential steps to optimize the adoption of and unlock its transformative potential in the knowledge economy.

Purpose The APO will select one research institution with expertise in economic policy analysis, innovation ecosystems, and adoption of advanced technology like AI, with a track record of publishing interdisciplinary research in English, strong analytical skills, and experience in policy formulation for knowledge-based economies.
Scope of Work What is the knowledge-based economy?; Trends and policies of a knowledge-based economy; Barriers to and drivers of the transition to a knowledge-based economy; Impact of AI adoption on productivity in the knowledge-based economy; and Prerequisite regulations and technological infrastructures of a knowledge-based economy.
Proposals should include the following information

1. Cover letter of interest (Annex 1).

2. Basic organizational details (Annex 2).

3. Profile of institution (maximum 1 A4-sized page).

4. Experience in conducting research in similar areas (Annex 3).

5. Financial proposal to indicate the cost of services:

5.1 Total costs and breakdowns for conducting the research should be given only in US dollar amounts.

5.2 All national taxes and levies applicable should be stated and   included in the total costs. The APO will consider the inclusive costs as the final quoted prices when evaluating proposals.

5.3 All rates and costs quoted in financial proposals should be written in both numeric and alphabetic forms, e.g., USD2,500 (two thousand five hundred US dollars).

Download: Annexes.

Submission of Proposals

1. Proposals with all required information specified should only be sent via email in password-protected PDF file attachments signed by authorized representatives no later than 16:00 (Japan Standard Time), 3 June 2024 to kpark@apo-tokyo.org and aohara@apo-tokyo.org.

2. The subject line of the email message should be: Proposal for Conducting Research on Policies Supporting the Shift to a Knowledge-based Economy by <Institution name>.

Institution Selection Criteria and Notification of Results

1. The selected institution will be awarded a research contract with the APO for conducting the research, based on the following selection criteria:

1.1. Methodology of research

1.2. Prior experience in conducting similar research

1.3. Quality of prior publications

1.4. Research quotation

2. Only the selected institution will be notified via email within 1 month of the submission deadline of the acceptance of its proposal.

Right to Accept or Reject Proposals

1. The APO reserves the right to annul the RFP or the vendor selection process, or to accept or reject any or all proposals in whole or part at any time, without stating any reason and without incurring any liability to the affected institution.

2. The APO is not obligated to respond to any objections or to inform the affected institution of the grounds for such decisions.

3. The APO also reserves the right to change the scope of work in case of need or depending upon changes in requirements before or during the implementation phase. However, if changes are made during the implementation phase, the APO will negotiate the costs for the additional work separately with the institution.

Terms and Conditions

1. The APO will not bear any costs related to research, planning, design, or any other such activity related to the preparation of proposals in response to this RFP by institutions for sending proposals to the APO.

2. The APO may, at its own discretion, extend the submission deadline by notifying all bidders of the extension in writing. Any proposal received after the deadline will be rejected.

Contact Information

A prospective institution requiring any clarification of this document, or the process itself, shall submit its queries in writing only to the following email address by the deadline of 3 June 2024:

Multicountry Program Division 2
Asian Productivity Organization (APO Secretariat)
1-24-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
Email: kpark@apo-tokyo.org and aohara@apo-tokyo.org


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