APO Asia-Pacific Productivity Data and Analysis 2003

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Citation

(2004), "APO Asia-Pacific Productivity Data and Analysis 2003", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 53 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijppm.2004.07953fae.001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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APO Asia-Pacific Productivity Data and Analysis 2003

APO Asia-Pacific Productivity Data and Analysis 2003

APOTokyo2004ISBN: 92-833-1143-4

The Asian Productivity Organisation has released the latest in its series of analyses – the Asia-Pacific Productivity Data and Analysis 2003. This is the third enlarged and improved edition in a series the APO launched in 2001.

The 2003 edition is generally similar to the previous two editions as far as objectives, characteristics, value, the basic structure and features are concerned. It is, however, different in the following respects. The coverage of this study has been expanded, the number of indicators being increased from 71 in the 2002 edition to 77. The number of participating countries increased from 17 to 18 with the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos joining as the newest participant. The number of categories under which the data are classified remains at eight although the titles of two of them have been modified, from “People” to “Human Resources” and from “Trade and Investment” to “International Trade and Investment”. The indicator graphs for each country are no longer provided but they are included on a selective basis in the experts’ analysis reports to support key points to be highlighted. An electronic version in CD-ROM format is included as part of the book.

Part one deals with country reports providing analysis of the trends for each of the eight indicator categories. These reports were prepared by specially appointed national experts for each of the 18 participating countries who also assembled the data. The analysis reports include national experts’ suggestions and recommendation for the productivity improvement.

Part two presents a set of 77 economic and productivity indicators for which ten-year time-series data were collected and analysed. These data are grouped in eight categories in the order of Productivity, National Economy, Green Productivity, Human Resources, Management and Innovation, International Trade and Investment, Infrastructure, and Information Technology. This chapter also presents corresponding data for four developmentally advanced benchmarking countries as a basis of comparison. The sources used are also listed.

The main objective of this publication, as well as that of two earlier editions, is to provide policy-makers, business leaders, researches and other stakeholders involved in economic and social development of their respective countries with vital, fundamental and valid economic and productivity information to assist them in policy and strategy formulation, determination of targets and elaboration of plan of action. This information will also allow them to identify areas where measures for improving productivity are needed as well as to formulate policies to achieve a sustained socio-economic development and a more effective productivity movement.

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