Asian Productivity Organization (APO) is regional intergovernmental organization and is nonpolitical, nonprofit, and nondiscriminatory and is established on 11 May 1961. The APO comprises the Governing Body (GB), the National Productivity Organizations (NPOs), and the Secretariat, which is headed by a Secretary-General. APO membership is open to countries in Asia and the Pacific which are members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific, and there are 20 members.
Each member economy designates a national body to be its NPO and Sri Lanka is a member of APO, since 1966. National Productivity Secretariat (NPS) is the focal point of APO. APO commences its Diamond Jubilee through a virtual launch on 21 January 2021, 14:00 Japan Time.
The launch marks the beginning of a year-long tribute to the 60-year productivity journey in Asia, showcasing productivity as a key enabler for the Asia-Pacific region, past, present, and future.
Ministers/senior officials from Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Pakistan are to convey congratulatory messages during the ceremony. Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Le Xuan Dinh, Vietnam, the country currently assuming the chairmanship of the APO, will salute the organization while emphasizing the power of digital technology and digital learning.
Remarks by Assistant Minister Atsushi Ueno, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the host country of the APO Secretariat, will acknowledge the APO as one of the strongest bonds between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, describing that network among members as a “precious asset” for Japan.
The launch will also feature insights and reminiscences from seasoned productivity champions. Fiji’s Minister for Infrastructure and Meteorological Services and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate, who served for more than 10 years as the country’s leading productivity authority, will describe the tremendous impact of the APO, especially the concept of Green Productivity combining productivity enhancement with sustainability and resilience.
The launch will formally activate the APO Vision 2025, the aspirational strategic directions to achieve inclusive, innovation-led productivity growth over the next five years.
Reflecting on the occasion, APO Secretary-General AKP Mochtan conveys that longevity is a blessing, but the relevance and achievements so far are not to be taken for granted. He is confident that the long history accords the APO the wisdom and foresights to forge ahead to a more productive future.