Message From ROCB Asia/Pacific


Dear readers,


It is a great pleasure and honor to extend my greetings from Bangkok. My name is Norikazu KURAMOTO as the new Head of the ROCB A/P for the next five years.


It is indeed a great honor and privilege to assume the post of the Head of the ROCB A/P which is the focal point of the capacity building activities in the Customs field for the regional Members.


I would like to briefly touch on some of my background. I have worked for Japan Customs, Ministry of Finance for almost 30 years. During my Customs career, I had been dedicated to various operational fields for the first 15 years, for example import and export clearance, passenger inspection, Customs laboratory, and trade statistics.


I have also worked for Japan Customs headquarters for the latter 15 years, which includes an overseas posting in the United States. The work experiences related to international affairs and capacity building are the great majority of my career. I strongly believe that my experience and knowledge will greatly contribute to the ROCB A/P and its endeavors.


I am very glad to work closely with Members in the Asia Pacific region. I look forward to every single opportunity to work with you.


Norikazu Kuramoto

Head of the ROCB A/P

Latest News


5 – 7 July 2022, online hosted by ROCB A/P

A sub-regional workshop on Post Customs Audit (PCA) for South Asia members was held virtually on 5 – 7 July 2022. The Workshop was funded by CCF/Japan and hosted by ROCB A/P. 

21 June 2022, Webinar hosted by the ADB

The Webinar “Following the Money Trail of the Illicit Wildlife Trade: Convergence of Maritime Trade Chain Efforts and Financial Crime Investigations” was held online on 21 June 2022. This Webinar was jointly organized by the Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC), the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), RILO A/P and ROCB A/P. Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager, and Ms. Kanyawarat Sitthikunpanit, Program Coordinator of ROCB A/P, attended this Webinar on behalf of ROCB A/P. 

16 June 2022, online

At the invitation of the RILO A/P, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Regional Seminar in Asia Pacific region held on 16 June 2021 virtually hosted by RILO A/P. 

7 – 9 June 2022, Nadi, Fiji hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Asia/Pacific Sub-Regional Data Analytics Workshop for Pacific Island was held from 7 to 9 June 2022 in Nadi, Fiji by a hybrid format allowing for remote and on-site participation. Mr. Ilkwon HAN, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P attended as facilitators/coordinators for the workshop 

8 June 2022, hybrid mode, Singapore

At the invitation of the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the 11th ASEAN – Word Customs Organization (WCO) Consultation at the 31st Meeting of the ASEAN Directors- General of Customs held on 8 June 2021 in Singapore in person. 

28 March - 1 April 2022, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for the Thai Customs Department was held from 28 March to 1 April 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). The Workshop was organized by the WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P as well as with the generous support of the Thai Customs Department. 

23 March 2022, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 23 March 2022, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and the staff of ROCB A/P met by online with Mr. Cheon-Jeong PARK, Head of RILO AP and his colleagues at the second ROCB-RILO meeting in this FY21/22, moderated by Mr. Ilkwon HAN, Program Manager of ROCB A/P. 

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4th July 2022, Bangkok Thailand

Upon the invitation of the Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the ceremony to celebrate 148th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Customs Department at Customs Auditorium, 120 Years Building at the Headquarter of Thai Customs Department. 

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20 April 2022, Bangkok Thailand

Mr. Michael CYMBALISTA, Australian Border Force (ABF) Attaché, Counsellor of Australian Embassy in Bangkok Thailand visited ROCB A/P as its new support member. 

 Staff Updates

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Kanyawarat SITTHIKUNPANIT. My nickname is Ploy. I’m the new staff at ROCB A/P for the Program Coordinator position. 

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