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On behalf of the Asian Association for Pubic Administration,
may I extend our warm greetings to you.
The Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) was established in 2010 with the aim to expand and improve research and academic exchange on public administration and public policy in the Asian region. Prior to it, a number of Asian scholars formed the Asian Public Management Forum and had annual meetings for several years since 2001 which paved the way for the establishment of AAPA.

The AAPA, though still a relatively young association, has carved a niche in the discipline of public administration in Asia. It has made its modest contribution to the process of knowledge creation by providing the enabling framework for the continuing debate and discourse - at the level of theory and practice - on important public administration and governance issues, locally and globally. Through its many international conferences, fora and linkages, the AAPA continuously seeks to be a platform to discuss, debate and analyze the most pressing contemporary issues like the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Internet of Things, populism, smart cities, new media, and sustainable and inclusive development amidst an era mediated by fast-changing events, yet addressing classic public administration concerns such as public sector reform, decentralization, poverty, leadership, ethics and accountability among other things.

Since its foundation in 2010, the AAPA has convened 9 international conferences and has entered into memoranda of understanding with 17 partners in 15 different countries. It has indeed gone a long way since the seeds of its foundation were planted by a small group of like-minded public administration scholars including Akira Nakamura, Anthony Cheung and Pan Suk Kim whose visionary leadership led to the creation of AAPA. We are grateful to them for their hard work and commitment that has brought AAPA to where it is today. We continue to build upon their hard earned gains and knowledge creation through what Aristotle has referred to as phronesis, or practical wisdom. That is what our discipline is all about. Theory, practice: Praxis. Thesis, antithesis: Synthesis. Episteme, techne: Phronesis. Continuous discourse.

The coming years promise to be as exciting and fulfilling as we push the envelop of knowledge creation in partnership with our many local and international partners. That membership in AAPA is on an individual basis continues to be its strength enabling maximum diversity. We look forward to planning and working with you as we come together - physically or virtually - in regional and annual conferences, study groups and publications within the context of continuous creation of knowledge. Equally important, where appropriate, knowledge that is created finds its way into action and implementation where it matters and for those that matter. Indeed, that is what public administration is all about.

AAPA continues to do its modest share.

Our greetings of solidarity to all.

Alex B. Brillantes, Jr

President, Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)

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