A group of prominent international and local speakers will come to share their expertise during the 2nd International Conference on Public Sector Productivity to be conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines and the Asian Productivity Organization on November 22 to 23, 2018 at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay City.

The two-day gathering, the second such conclave after the first held in October 2017, has the theme “Shaping a Future-Oriented and Smart Public Sector” and aims to serve as a platform for knowledge sharing among local and international experts, professionals and practitioners to discuss emerging trends, technologies and innovations that enable higher performance and productivity in the public sector.

Leading the list of speakers are Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Albay (Second District) Congressman Jose Maria “Joey” S. Salceda, DAP President Engelbert C. Caronan Jr., National Economic and Development Authority Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro, Asian Productivity Organization Secretary General Santhi Kanoktanaporn, Dr. Emma Blomkamp of Paper Giant in Australia, Executive Vice President Tengku Azian Shahriman of PEMANDU Associates in Malaysia, and Fadhil Bakeer Markar of the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka.

Resource persons

Diokno, Caronan, Navarro and Kanoktanaporn will actually deliver speeches during the opening and closing of the conclave while Salceda. Blomkamp, Shahriman and Markar will serve as resource speakers during the various plenary discussions and breakout sessions of the two-day conference.

Salceda, a noted resource speaker, will dwell on the topic “The Government of the Future,” Blomkamp will discuss the topic “Policy Labs: Co-Designing Future-Proof Policies” and “Designing for Public Sector Innovation,” Shahriman will talk about “Proactive Studies and High-Quality Decision Making through Data Analytics” and “Insights to Impact Transformations for Better Public Value,” and Markar will speak on “Deepening Innovation Culture in Public Sector Organizations” and “Innovations Skills for the Public Sector.”

Also scheduled to speak at the two-day conclave are such speakers as Dr. Tuomo Kuosa of Futures Platform in Finland, Managing Director Trevor Lui of Knowledge Associates Hong Kong Ltd., Masako Kuki of Pirika, Inc. in Japan, and Chee Anne Roño of the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines.

What public sector must do

The conference actually features topics that directly respond to the question of what public sector organizations must do to become alert, agile, innovative and future-ready in this era of complexity and rapidly changing environment.

Global trends such as big data analytics, digitalization, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, strategic foresight, knowledge productivity, design thinking and innovation skills are believed to offer unprecedented opportunities for productivity improvement in the public sector.

The Philippines, as the APO’s Center of Excellence on Public Sector Productivity with the DAP as its focal organization, hosts the annual conference to catalyze the exchange of ideas and sustain collaboration among the APO’s member states regarding public sector productivity initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.