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Strengthening the productivity movement among Asia Pacific

Strengthening the productivity movement among Asia Pacific


Malaysia had successfully hosted The 57th Workshop Meeting of Heads of National Productivity Organizations (NPOs) for the fifth time towards sustainable socioeconomic development for Asia Pacific through enhancing productivity.

The workshop is aimed to evaluate the past year’s projects, plan and confirm next year’s projects as well as to deliberate on productivity issues and emerging needs of Asian Productivity Organization (APO) member countries.

A total of 19 member countries of APO attended this workshop to strengthen the productivity movements in their countries. APO has made significant contribution to the expansion of opportunities for cooperation and greater socio-economic development of NPO countries including Malaysia.

Malaysia has been a member of APO since 1983 and has been actively hosting and participating in APO programmes and projects. This year to date, a total of 290 Malaysian participants have attended more than 60 APO programmes that were held in various NPOs including Malaysia.

According to Second Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, the Government has adopted the Blue Ocean Strategy in its effort to transform the country by creating an ecosystem that nurtures creativity and innovation. Our National Blue Ocean Strategy has enabled us to quickly deliver the high-impact projects that benefit the people of Malaysia in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

“In addition, to the Blue Ocean Strategy Malaysia has also embarked on Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) as a strategy to create a conducive business environment to promote foreign and domestic investments and boost trade. The implementation of GRP in Malaysia has resulted in completion of 23 Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens projects with potential cost savings of RM2.5 billion covering various key economic sectors in Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, APO Secretary General, Dr. Santhi Kanoktanaporn said, APO will conduct more pioneering, upstream research on productivity measurement. This includes productivity in the public sector, higher education, knowledge, and cities. More study missions to advanced economies will be organized as part of the global search for new knowledge and innovations in productivity. This will help our member governments and productivity consultants stay abreast of developments worldwide.

APO has been working on the A-POP report in collaboration with the OECD Development Centre in Paris, UN-ESCAP, and Economic Research Institute. This joint publication will comprise three main parts: productivity trends; productivity-enhancing policies; and special focus on productivity enhancement in selected APO economies, with Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam featured in the inaugural edition. This approach will enable the APO to harmonize the indicators used by the institutions as well as directly impact the productivity policies of member economies.

About the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) is a statutory body under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). MPC promotes productivity, quality and competitiveness to the industries and organisations in Malaysia. MPC’s vision is to be the leading organisation in productivity enhancement for global competitiveness and innovation.



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