The graphic below explains the five key roles of the APO, set out in Article 6 of the Convention establishing the organization in 1961.
The APO conducts research on emerging needs of members for their follow-up and for determining appropriate assistance to them.
The APO promotes bilateral and multilateral alliances among members and between them and others outside the APO region for collaboration in productivity-related activities for mutual benefit.
The APO surveys the economic and development policies and performance of each member and assists in formulating strategic changes for enhanced productivity and competitiveness.
The APO strengthens the capability of the National Productivity Organizations (NPOs) and other institutions to provide productivity promotion, training, and consultancy services to the public and private sectors.
The APO facilitates the dissemination and exchange of information on productivity among its members and other stakeholders.