29/05/2023 05:20 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 (Bernama) -- The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) successfully concluded the 65th Session of its Governing Body (GBM) with representatives of 19 APO member economies attending in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from May 24-26.

In a statement, APO said this marked the first in-person assembly in three years, symbolising a promising return to normalcy after the shift to virtual meetings due to the pandemic.

This year’s GBM was generously hosted by the Mongolian Productivity Organization (MPO) and Government of Mongolia, demonstrating their commitment to sharing the productivity vision not only with the region but also beyond and taking a significant step toward the possible expansion of the APO’s reach to Central Asia.

Their dedication, both as members and regional influencers, continues to play a crucial role in promoting and improving productivity throughout the Asia Pacific (APAC).

One of the highlights of the meeting was the official handing-over ceremonies under APO flagship programmes to mark their launch.

In line with the monitoring and evaluation framework of the APO Vision 2025, the GBM approved a “pause-and-reflect” exercise to ensure that the APO is on the right track to achieving its goals and objectives, adapting to the changing environment, and continuing to add value to member economies.

The prosperity and growth seen in the region are dependent on the tireless efforts of productivity champions, and the APO recognises their significant contributions through its productivity award schemes.

In closing, APO Alternate Director and NPO Head for Malaysia Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman expressed profound gratitude for the delegates’ robust discussions and contributions over the course of the meeting.

“We will carry forward that spirit of collaboration, lessons learned, and decisions taken to continue working toward our goals,” he pledged and was delighted to extend an official invitation to delegates to Malaysia as the host of the 66th GBM.

The annual GBM continues to be central in strengthening relationships among the diverse APO members and their commitment to the shared mission of enhancing productivity in the APAC.


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