As an individual, I have learnt much by this training. The factory visits and the implemented energy saving initiatives have been a great source of learning. The course has enhanced my knowledge and opened up my mind more.

Mr. Muhammad Umair Ateeq
Executive Core Power Planning, Warid Telecom (Pvt) Ltd., Pakistan, who attended the Training Course on Energy Conservation, February 2016.

The training course has definitely broadened my knowledge in the area of ISMS and I have gained a sound skill set to train my staff and implement ISMS in Fiji Sugar Corporation. I am hoping to implement ISMS in my organization immediately. I will begin by conducting training on ISMS for our ICT staff, followed by a scoping exercise.

Rajneesh Lata Charan
General Manager, Information Systems, Fiji Sugar Corporation Limited, Fiji, who attended the Training Course on Information Security Management Systems Based on ISO 27000, May 2015.

This is to acknowledge with great appreciation your sharing with me your November–December 2014 APO News issue, especially now that I am in the field of rural and agri finance. I extremely appreciate your featuring of the 10 most promising green technologies. I urge you to keep on and looking forward to possible collaboration with you in the future. Cheers to the APO!

Ms. Lecira V. Juarez
Managing Director
APRACA CANTRAB, Philippines, November 2014.

The course offered by the APO really expanded my views/knowledge and gave me much experience. I am very thankful to the APO for arranging/organizing these kinds of courses for the improvement and betterment of developing countries.

Muhammad Ejaz Latif
Deputy Director, Water and Sanitation Agency, Pakistan, who attended the Observational Study Mission on Technology and Management of Water/Wastewater and Sewage Systems, September 2014.

Thank you very much for all you did so excellently for the successful organization of the workshop. It was a very enriching experience for me. I am sure that the kinds of interactions that we have had among ourselves during the workshop sessions will help us develop effective training and education modules on productivity management in member countries of the APO keeping in view today’s fast-changing industrial scene, and your leadership in this respect will help them achieve the stated goals and objectives.

Professor Pradip Kumar Ray
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, who attended the Workshop on Development of Courses for Productivity Practitioners in Institutes of Technology, May 2014.

We thank the APO and JPC for the Member Country Support Program (MCSP) and your support for the seminar. I acknowledge the contribution of all team members, guidance from Mr. Manoj Saxena, NPC, New Delhi, and Dr. Chakravorty for the project. We learned a lot. I am pleased to inform you that the success of this MCSP project resulted in the approval of 25 training programs under Plan XII of the Government of India for MFCA propagation by the NPC. I once again thank K.D. Bhardwaj, Matsui-san, the MFCA experts, demonstration units, and everybody who contributed directly or indirectly to the success of this initiative.

Shirish Paliwal
Deputy Director, National Productivity Council, India, who participated in Member Country Support Program on MFCA, 2013–2014.

The knowledge that I learned from the one-week workshop could potentially be the game changer for my organization. I am committed to putting in place a knowledge management structure in my company within the next three months. Will contact the APO for assistance where needed.

CEO, AYS Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, who attended the Workshop on Knowledge Management for SME Leaders, October 2013.

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the APO, JPC, NPO of Pakistan, and FTPI of Thailand for help in providing all conveniences and a valuable training course. After the training, I found that it really helps me a lot in my job in the Corporate Strategic Department, CAT Telecom.

I would also like to express my appreciation to all the resource speakers who gave me the core guidelines to implement the future plan at my own organization as well as the distinguished lecturers from the Punjab Educational Fund, Shifa International Hospitals Ltd., JS Bank, and Nayatel who all inspired me a lot. If I can be of assistance to you in cooperation in Thailand, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Areewan Boonglam
General Administrator 7, CAT Telecom Public Company Limited, Thailand, who attended the Workshop on Performance Management in the Service Sector, February 2013.

I thank the APO for a very useful and successful course. Now I have gained deep knowledge and understanding of OHSAS 18001:2007. I will apply all of what I have learned in this course to my consultancy service, especially OHSAS 18001:2007 which is very important to Vietnamese organizations now. Thank the APO very much for its contributions to productivity and quality improvement around the world.

Nguyen Tien Cu
MSc., Vietnam, who attended the Self-learning e-Course on the Occupational Health and Safety Management System, 1 July–31 October 2011.

I would like to thank the APO for extending support in developing capacity of the human resources of developing countries like Pakistan. The first interaction I had with the APO was back in March 2011 when I attended the Workshop on Building Safe, Competitive Horticultural Chains in the Asia-Pacific Region. It was a great learning experience as the workshop polished my abilities that I learned while working in horticulture supply chains in a period of five years prior to the workshop.

In mid-2012 I got a chance to join the Agriculture Department, Government of Punjab, where I developed a project on Supply Chain Improvement of Selected Agriculture and Livestock Products worth US$24 million. This project has introduced the concept of safe food and is pushing the Agriculture Department to promote the concept of growing safe food. The project has been approved by the government and is running successfully. I am really thankful to the APO and all the resource persons who developed my skills in a short time.

Kashif Jamshed
Chief Coordinator, Agriculture Department, Government of Punjab, who attended the Workshop on Building Safe, Competitive Horticultural Chains in the Asia-Pacific Region: Fruit and Vegetable Chains, March 2011.

My heartfelt thanks to the APO who trained me to work in food safety. Now, I am practicing as a lead auditor of ISO 22000 and 9001, representing BM Trada, UK. I’ve recently become involved as a food safety management system tutor but not yet become a certified tutor, I have completed @ 100 Man-day Food Safety audits inside Nepal, India, and Bhutan. All the credit goes to the APO and NPEDC team. I am very thankful to you all!

After coming back from training in Malaysia, our young food technologist team and I formed a volunteer group called the Food and Nutrition Awareness Centre where we work for the community in our spare time. We are active in increasing awareness, basically training, conferences with policymakers, and awareness campaigns for the public, and now we are helping the government draft a proposed food safety policy. Expecting more technical support from you and the APO/NPEDC.

Harihar Guragain
Country Head, Cargill (I) Pvt. Ltd., Nepal, who attended the Training Course on the Food Safety Management System ISO 22000:2005 for Auditors/Lead Auditors, December 2009.

Through the APO’s Member Country Support Program (MCSP), the NPO of Pakistan initiated six model companies, and now the number of model companies has increased to 65. I have successfully developed 14 model companies (six in manufacturing and eight in the marble and granite sector) on lean tools applications. I hope that the NPO of Pakistan will start result-oriented productivity-based projects so that we can strengthen Pakistan’s economic conditions and make the industrial sector more competitive and productive.

Hasan Haider
CEO Asian Competitiveness Institute (ACI), Pakistan, Member Country Support Program, 2003.