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This manual provides easy-to-follow instructions on delivering scenario planning training. It covers the seven main steps of the scenario planning process as well as facilitation, communication, and other complementary skills needed to conduct effective scenario planning. It will help foresight trainers and consultants to understand scenario planning and provide guidance on undertaking it.

The 2021 edition of the APO Productivity Databook aims at helping member governments devise timely policy responses to make economies more robust, maintain growth trajectories, and recover quickly from pandemic-related disruptions. It focuses on the quality of economic growth and productivity gains with comparisons among Asia-Pacific countries at different development stages. The analyses are based on comprehensive productivity accounts for 25 Asian economies with the USA as a reference. In addition, regional productivity accounts are developed for six economic groups. The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects are discussed in detail.

This publication is an endeavor to help APO member economies gauge their productivity readiness using a meticulously constructed and easy to use Productivity Readiness Index (PRI). The PRI encompasses four vital indices of motivation, capabilities, efficiency of markets, and stability. These indices, in turn, are derived from 17 key determinants and over 50 indicators of productivity used by various countries.

This publication is another comprehensive source of reliable productivity data and analysis complementing the APO Productivity Databook. It provides a thorough exploration on the significant determinants of productivity and competitiveness of APO member economies, based on Porter’s National Diamond Framework parameters.

This publication is a culmination of the APO’s multipronged endeavor to measure productivity holistically. Its unique approach aggregates the productivity indices of individual input variables into a single measure of performance. It can serve as a handy tool for member countries to set policies for sustained productivity excellence and continuous improvement.

 

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