Federal Secretary / APO Director, Ministry of Industries & Production, Mr. Mian Asad Hayaud Din represented Pakistan in the 60th Session of the APO Governing Body Meeting (GBM) in Lao PDR from May 8-10, 2018
Federal Secretary / APO Director, Ministry of Industries & Production, Mr. Mian Asad Hayaud Din represented Pakistan in the 60th Session of the APO Governing Body Meeting (GBM) in Lao PDR from 8th - 10th May, 2018.The session was also attended by delegates from 20 Asian Productivity Organization (APO) member countries. GBM is APO’s major annual event in which heads and directors of APO member countries define APO Roadmap, strategies on expansion of the Digital Learning Programs and the APO Preliminary budget for next year.
APO Secretary General Dr. Santhi Kanokutanapom said that this gathering demonstrates the strong, continuous commitment to work with the APO, which has been providing support and assistance to the country’s productivity initiatives. He added that the APO had helped in SME development in multiple member countries with a mission to raise productivity and efficiency through participation in demonstration projects, seminars, and training courses.The Secretary-General expressed his sincere hope that member countries would finally agree to a long-term solution to ensure the smooth and stable operations of the APO.
Mr. Mian Asad Hayaud Din on behalf of the Government of Pakistan expressed thanks for the privilege to serve the APO. He said that in order to improve standard of living over time depends almost entirely on country’s ability to raise its output per worker. Speaking about the Pakistan’s productivity master plan and national productivity initiatives for the next three to five years he said that Pakistan Vision 2025, 11th Five Year Plan and Annual Development Plans are aiming at harmonization to balancedhuman, social& economic progress to accomplish Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said that Pakistan has already undertaken measurestofulfill short-term prerequisitesfor stabilizing the economy, and now reaping the benefits in terms of reduction in inflation and growth in GDP. The international capitalmarket received Pakistan with access to of Euro debt market and the successful auction of 3G and 4G licenses established credibility with investors.
Outgoing APO Chair Chew Mok Lee thanked Lao PDR for hosting the GBM. She said that the APO had made significant contributions to socioeconomic development in the Asia-Pacific region since its inception in 1961 and hoped that member economies would continue to grow and achieve Vision 2020. Recognizing that the strong spirit of cooperation among members was the key success factor in resolving issues, the Chair also expressed confidence in the leadership of the Secretary-General and commitment of member countries as well as the APO ecosystem and networks.
APO Directors of member countries made presentations on key challenges facing their countries to improve productivity through innovation; national economic policies related to innovation that helped promote productivity improvement, and the type of government support provided to NPOs to help fulfill their missions. The final day of the meeting was marked by the handing-over ceremony of the GBM pennant. On behalf of 2018 host Lao PDR, APO Director Somdy presented the pennant to the APO Director for the Philippines Adoracion M. Navarro, as his country will host the 61st GBM.
Observers from the Asian Development Bank, Deutsche Gesellschaftfür International Zusammenarbeit, and Pan African Productivity Association also attended the session. The guest of honor at the inaugural ceremony was Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce SomchithInthamith of Lao PDR.
In closing remarks, APO Chair and APO Director for Sri Lanka Rathnasiri said that the GBM had concluded on a fruitful note and arrived at most decisions amicably. He described the APO as “the spearhead of all NPOs” and felt that its role “to enable, empower, and pioneer new initiatives” could not be understated.