APO projects cover the industry, service, agriculture, and public sectors. They are designed to provide practical training, share best practices and innovations, and promote knowledge development. Projects can either be multicountry or for an individual country. Participants in APO activities represent diverse groups of productivity stakeholders in member economies. They are expected to create multiplier effects by disseminating their newly acquired knowledge and understanding to others in their home countries.
APO projects follow various formats to ensure relevance to the needs of its 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): Improve macroeconomic environment of productivity enhancement in member countries through policy consultancy and advisory.
Training Course (TRC): Offers information and practical skills based on an established body of knowledge following a structured curriculum to improve competency and performance.
Research (RES): In-depth study involving the collection and analysis of data to address specific productivity-related issues.
Conference (CON): Shares or disseminates new knowledge, best practices, and research findings.
Forum (CON): Shares views and knowledge on current and emerging productivity-related issues, their implications, and potential solutions.
Observational Study Mission (OSM): Provides learning opportunities based on direct observations of applications of best practices, innovations, and advanced technologies.
Study Mission to a Nonmember Country (SMN): Provides opportunities to learn from nonmember countries based on direct observations of applications of best practices, innovations, and advanced technologies.
Workshop (WSP): Discusses, shares knowledge on, and explores emerging topics related to productivity tools, techniques, methodologies, and issues for making relevant recommendations and/or developing action plans.
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/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 one 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.