Digitization-driven Industry 4.0 creates opportunities for increased productivity and more sustainable production but also challenges related to technology access, workforce transformation, and intensified competition in global value chains. Assisting industries to upgrade in response is crucial for sustainable socioeconomic development. The Industrial Transformation Program assists APO members in developing knowledge, resilience, and capabilities in the era of Industry 4.0.
Advances in digital technology allow the delivery of high-quality services to citizens, and public-sector productivity is now determined by interconnected drivers. Delivering efficient, reliable, secure services while maintaining affordability will continue to be major challenges. The Smart Public Sector Program helps make governments more future-ready so that they can play an active role in productivity enhancement and contribute to socioeconomic development in the Asia-Pacific region.
The service sector is the largest, fastest-growing sector worldwide, making significant contributions to GDP and employment. It can be broadly grouped into the public sector, private corporate sector, and households. Technology plays a vital role in the service sector by increasing productivity and competitiveness through smart applications. The Smart Services Initiative helps increase productivity and competitiveness through capability building, consultancy, and policy advice utilizing the digital technologies of Industry 4.0.
The incorporation of the digital revolution into agriculture will automate most facets of farming and agribusiness. This requires a transformation process dependent on available infrastructure, financial capacities, technological know-how, and good business plans. Agricultural Transformation Initiative helps APO members meet multiple goals simultaneously: poverty reduction; food security; improved nutrition; climate change mitigation; biodiversity conservation; environmental sustainability; and empowerment of women.
The world population will reach around 10 billion in 2050, with demand for food and animal feed set to double. Alternative food production systems could ensure safe, affordable, sustainable protein options to meet future demand, while easing pressure on natural resources. The APO Future Food Initiative contributes to sustainable food security in member countries in cooperation with global professionals and key stakeholders in the future food industry by promoting food alternatives, innovative future food technologies and systems.