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Trade & Competitiveness News

e-Learning courses managed by the World Bank Institute

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The World Bank Institute launched an “e-Institute” in July 2011 which is designed to support self-motivated learners to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skill-sets, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities.

New courses on cross-cutting themes will featured regularly in addition to monthly webinars and other free resources.

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APO Secretary General Visits TDLC

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Mr. Shigeo Takenaka, Secretary General of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), visited the TDLC on October 2, 2007 to observe the final session of the organization’s course on ISO 22000. The APO, one of the TDLC’s earliest partners, has been working through the TDLC to expand their distance learning training programs.

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APO to Train Over 900 in 16 Countries via GDLN

Friday, July 27th, 2007


The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) embraces e-learning on an unprecedented scale this summer, providing 3 training programs in 9 phases for more than 900 participants in 16 countries via the GDLN. Amounting to roughly 40% of the total number trained by the organization annually in face-to-face sessions, the APO hopes to intensify its focus on e-learning as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional training methods.

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The World Bank’s John Wilson on APEC’s Role in Trade Liberalization

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Mr. John Wilson, the World Bank’s Lead Economist for the Development Research Group, gave a video presentation titled “APEC’s Role in Trade Liberalization” contributing to discussions at an APEC International Symposium on the “Catalytic Role of the APEC Process: Behind the Border, Beyond the Bogor Goals”.

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APO Conducts Seminar on Toyota Production System

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) conducted a 3-day seminar on the Toyota Production System (TPS) from March 6-8, 2006. This program is a culmination of cooperative efforts between the APO and the TDLC since 2004 to incorporate GDLN videoconferencing services into its training programs, and is fully funded by the APO. The first of 3 phases, national productivity organizations in Mongolia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam connected via the GDLN. The APO will conduct the same course in May and August with different members participating, resulting in an Asia-wide program spanning 13 countries.

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David Dollar Speaks at Japan-China Business Dialogue

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

During a recent visit to Tokyo David Dollar, the World Bank’s Country Directory for China and Mongolia delivered a presentation via the GDLN on the investment climate and competitiveness in 23 Chinese cities.

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APO Productivity Seminar a Resounding Success

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

The Asian Productivity Organization concluded a highly successful seminar on Total Quality Management (TQM) today as participants in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan wrapped up four days of lectures, discussions, site visits, and training.

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Asian Productivity Organization Launches Four-day TQM Seminar

Monday, December 13th, 2004

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) today launched a four-day distance-learning-based seminar on Total Quality Management (TQM) via the Global Distance Learning Network.

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GDLN Demonstration Links Japan, Ethiopia and South Africa at Asia-Africa Trade and Investment Confer

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Japan’s Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Shoichi Nakagawa were the guests of honor at a reception this evening held as part of the two-day Asia-Africa Trade and Investment Conference (AATIC).

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Asian Productivity Organization Holds Multi-Country Study Mission on Media and Productivity

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

The Asian Productivity Organization used the GDLN to enable its new Secretary-General Mr. Shigeo Takenaka to address participants from more than a dozen member countries at the Multi-Country Study Mission on Media and Productivity held in Bangkok.

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Asian Productivity Organization Opens Microcredit Conference Via GDLN

Monday, September 20th, 2004

The Asian Productivity Organization commenced their six-day seminar on Participatory Microcredit held September 20-26 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with a videoconferencing session connecting the Mongolian Distance Learning Center with the TDLC in Tokyo and the Asian Institute of Management in Manila.

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