APO develops strategic initiatives and global partnerships to improve productivity

TOKYO–(ANTARA/Business Wire)– The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) reaffirmed its commitment to addressing pressing productivity challenges with the announcement of several strategic initiatives and partnerships. These initiatives leverage global expertise and collaborative efforts to improve productivity and drive sustainable development across the Asia-Pacific region.

In a recent landmark collaboration, APO launched an intensive management leadership program designed for National Productive Organizations (NPOs) in collaboration with the prestigious Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD). Held from 29 April to 3 May 2024 at INSEAD’s Europe Campus in Fontainebleau, France, the event was attended by eight global thought leaders and 12 executives leading their respective NPOs under the guidance of coaches. Notable figures include Alexandra Rowlett, former advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron, and Philippe Agion, founder of New Growth Theory, who addressed emerging productivity challenges and strategic means of their solution by focusing on prosperity through technological innovation.

APO General Secretary Dr. Indira Pradhana Sinhavinada’s opening remarks underscored the critical need to tackle Asia-Pacific productivity challenges with resilience and innovation. The leadership framework adopts a business-centric perspective to develop initiatives for sustainable productivity and inclusive growth. Participating NPO leaders will finalize their productivity initiative proposals within three months under the guidance and facilitation of Professor Philip Parker of INSEAD.

APO General Secretary Dr. A strategic meeting between Indira and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary General Mathias Gorman was held in Paris on May 1. The discussion was also attended by other OECD officials such as Andreas Schaal, Director, Global Relations and Cooperation Directorate; Paul Schreyer, Director, Statistics and Data Directorate; and Thomas Schnoll, vice president of personnel, focused on deeper collaboration in productivity improvement, sustainability and innovation. This is a significant step forward in renewing cooperation between the APO and the OECD, particularly in continuing joint projects on productivity measurement and statistics.

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By becoming a member of the OECD’s Global Forum on Productivity (GFP) from 2020, the APO confirmed its commitment to GFP governance on 2 May. Both parties reaffirmed their commitment to use the GFP as a platform for policy exchanges and research collaborations.

The series of high-level engagements culminated in a constructive discussion on 3 May between Secretary-General Dr. Indira and Alain Touré, General Rapporteur of the National Productivity Council of France. They explored ways of collaboration, including developing policy advisory programs and facilitating exchanges in productivity research.

These strategic initiatives and partnerships underscore APO’s commitment to equipping its members with the tools and expertise to address complex productivity challenges, driving sustainable growth and prosperity across the Asia-Pacific region.

About APO

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) is a regional intergovernmental organization dedicated to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region through mutual cooperation. It is non-political, non-profit and non-partisan. Established in 1961 with eight founding members, APO currently has 21 member economies: Bangladesh; Cambodia; ROC; PG; Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; IR Iran; Japan; ROK; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Mongolia; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Turkey itself; and Vietnam.

APO is shaping the region’s future by fostering the socioeconomic development of its members through national policy advisory services, think tank activism, institutional capacity-building initiatives and knowledge sharing to increase productivity.

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Source: Asian Productivity Organization

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