The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) was established on 11 May 1961 consisting of members are governments in the Asia-Pacific Region. Its mission is to contribute to the socioeconomic development of Asia and the Pacific through enhancing productivity.
Current APO membership comprises: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Republic of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Governing Body is the supreme organ of the APO. It comprises one government-appointed Director from each member country. The Governing Body meets annually to decide on APO policies, strategies, directions, and membership; approve the rolling two-year plan and annual programs; and approve the budget and financial guidelines.
The APO Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General with head office in Tokyo, Japan. The Secretariat carries out the decisions and policy directives of the Governing Body. In collaboration with the NPOs, it plans and implements the rolling two-year plan and annual programs. The Secretariat also undertakes joint programs with other international organizations, governments, and private institutions for the benefit of its members.
Under the approval of the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Vietnam officially became a member country of APO on 1 January 1996. The Vietnam Productivity Centre (VPC) is authorized to be a permanent representative of Vietnam in APO to coordinate and implement the APO’s programs and projects. Since then, the VPC has nominated and sent thousands of candidates from governance agencies and various organizations to participate APO’s projects. All projects implemented in Vietnam by the VPC were highly appreciated by the APO and other member countries such as: “Green Productivity at community level” which were conducted in more than 80 communes in 21 provinces, Eco-product Fair 2008…