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Projections of economic growth and labor quality changes in member countries up to 2030 are new features of the 2018 APO Productivity Databook, with expanded total factor productivity estimates and city productivity coverage, taking the effects of the smart digital revolution into account. Detailed analyses of productivity and economic performance in Asia-Pacific and reference economies enable comparisons at different development stages. These precise productivity measurements are part of APO efforts to improve policymaking, contributing to higher standards of living.

The report highlights APO initiatives for improving productivity and enabling member countries to become future-ready, as well as the impact of its efforts to make the industry, agriculture, service, and public sectors smarter through capacity building for technology interventions. Summaries of all 2017 APO projects, events, and international outreach efforts are included, along with the latest information on NPOs.

Innovative leadership, as distinct from traditional management, is required for the public sector to be more transparent, accountable, and engaged with citizens. This publication assesses the public sectors in APO members, proposes 10 key principles of leadership and steps for incorporating innovation and productivity at all levels, and provides resources and tools public-sector leaders can utilize now and in the future to improve service provision sustainably.

A collaboration between co-authors from six APO member countries plus the UK, this volume addresses the importance of increasing the productivity of all engaged in knowledge work in the public sector. The eight chapters review principles underlying effective practices of knowledge workers, explain how their productivity can be assessed, and recommend future directions to improve organizational knowledge productivity to add value to public services in an era of innovative changes affecting all socioeconomic spheres.

The 2017 APO Productivity Databook builds on the comparative analysis approach covering APO members, reference economies, and economic groupings to give a comprehensive picture of factors affecting productivity gains. New introductions include: total factor productivity estimates for Lao PDR; revisions of economic growth figures from the late 1990s for nonmember Myanmar; and analyses of hourly wage differentials among employees, the self-employed, and contributing family workers, which are especially relevant for mid- to long-term economic research and planning.

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