The APO plays key roles as an institution builder, strengthening the ability of national productivity organizations (NPOs) and other institutions to provide productivity promotion, training, and consultancy services to the public and private sectors. It also serves as a regional adviser, surveys the economic and development policies and performance of each member, and assists in formulating strategies for enhanced productivity and competitiveness.
These efforts are covered under the Individual-country Program designed to meet members’ specific needs, including consultancy and training. They include the Specific National Program, Observational Study Missions, Technical Expert Services, Development of Demonstration Companies and Organizations, Bilateral Cooperation Between NPOs, and Institutional Strengthening of NPOs.
APO projects follow various formats to ensure relevance to the needs of members and deliver the desired capacity-building results. In the following list, each project type is designated by a three-letter code in parentheses, which is used to identify projects in the APO Annual Program Plan.
Specific National Program (SNP)
Improves the macroeconomic environment of productivity enhancement in member countries through policy consultancy and advisory services.
Observational Study Mission (OSM)
Provides learning opportunities based on direct observations of applications of best practices, innovations, and advanced technologies.
Technical Expert Services (TES)
Gives technical assistance to NPOs and related organizations to strengthen their institutional capacities and upgrade technical competencies in line with individual member country needs for productivity improvement.
Development of Demonstration Companies and Organizations (DMP)
Establishes model projects to improve productivity in factories, companies, and organizations and then disseminates the results to others.
Bilateral Cooperation Between NPOs (BCBN)
Serves as a platform for productivity professionals, high-level officials, or policymakers from NPOs or related organizations in a member country to visit one or more other NPOs, organizations, or enterprises for mutual learning and collaboration.
Institutional Strengthening of NPOs (DON)
Builds the capacity of NPOs in strategically selected areas aligned with member countries’ needs.