Message From ROCB Asia/Pacific

Welcome to the ROCB A/P website!

 

WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) was established in September 2004 as the first ROCB aiming at coordinating and improving the Customs capacity building activities in line with the WCO’s regionalization approach. 

 

Environment surrounding the Customs operation is very diverse and evolving consistently. Stage of Customs modernization varies from one WCO Member administration to another. Administration’s priority varies as well.  In tandem with the development in ICT, expansion of global trading system as well as continued changes in business practices for international transactions of the goods, Customs administrations in the Asia/Pacific region are striving for its reform and modernization to provide due dividends accrued to the nations. Region’s capacity building activities conducted by the ROCB A/P are categorized based on 4 pillars of its objectives, namely: (i) To support the implementation of the WCO Conventions, instruments and tools; (ii) To further enhance collaboration with development partners; (iii) To improve needs analysis, planning, delivery and management of regional capacity building activities; and (iv) To enhance communication and information sharing among Members administrations.

 

This website is to provide some of the snapshots on the Customs capacity building activities in the Asia/Pacific region and continue communication with the regional Member and development partners. 

 

Above activities cannot be pursued by the ROCB A/P alone and, in fact, it requires the region’s commitment and cooperation with great leadership of the Regional Vice Chair and the support from the Regional Training Centers as well as the region’s experts in various domains. In this regard, the ROCB A/P would like to call for continued commitment and support of these stakeholders. At the same time, the ROCB A/P expresses its sincere appreciation to the donor administrations and development partners for generous funding for these capacity building activities coordinated by the ROCB A/P.

 

Kazunari IGARASHI 

Head of the ROCB A/P


Latest News

 Workshops/Meetings

Apia, 29 July 2016

On 29 July 2016, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Apia, Samoa, to pay courtesy calls to the Samoan political leaders with a view to calling for continued high-level support for on-going Customs reform and modernization of Samoa Customs, including expeditious accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention. 


Suva, 28 July 2016

On 28 July 2016, at the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), the WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, and Head of the WCO ROCB A/P, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, visited the OCO Secretariat in Suva, Fiji. Mr. Seve Paeniu, Head of the OCO Secretariat, and his colleagues warmly welcomed the visit of the WCO representatives. 


28 JULY 2016

On 28 July 2016, the Official Launching Ceremony of the WCO A/P Vice Chair’s Office was held in Suva, Fiji, with presence of Honorable Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fijian Attorney General and Minister of Economy, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, Dato’ Sri Khazali bin Hj Ahmad, Director General of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD). 


27-29 JULY 2016

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) and Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), organized the Sub-regional Workshop on Integrity for the Pacific on 27-29 July 2016 at the Regional Training Center Fiji, in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


Brussels, Belgium, 14-16 July 2016

127th/128th Sessions of the WCO Council was convened on 14-16 July 2016 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and was attended by a total of around 500 delegates from the WCO Member administrations, the observer international organizations and business associations. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Council as an observer. 


11-13 July 2016, Seoul, Korea

Ms. Alpha WONG of the ROCB A/P, as a WCO representative, attended the ASEM Eurasia Expert Group Meeting on Transport and Logistics, which was held on 11-13 July 2016 in Seoul, Korea. 


7 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson and Mr. Kangsik Cho of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs-Business Conference held on 7 July 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


4 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

On 4 July 2016, at the kind invitation from Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his staff members joined the TCD’s 142th Anniversary Ceremony held at its Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. 


20-24 June 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN) organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) at the RTC India, Faridabad, on 20-24 June 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


20-23 June 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment and Selectivity with Advance Cargo Information on 20-23 June 2016 at the Regional Training Center in Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan. 


14 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Ms. Alpha Wong, joined the selection process for so-called “STAR Project” which is led by Mr. Vichak to identify his subordinates with good potentials and broaden their future carrier paths. 


6-10 June 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the WTO, ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on 6-10 June 2016 at the Regional Training Center in Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan. 


6-9 June 2016 in Faridabad, India

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the India Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 6 to 9 June 2016 in Faridabad, India, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project. 


1 June 2016, Funafuti, Tuvalu

At the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 18th OCO Annual Conference held on 1 June 2016 in Funafuti, Tuvalu, as an observer. 


31 May - 3 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO National Training on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) for Thai Customs at the Thai Customs Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, on 31 May - 3 June 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


31 May – 1 June 2016

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P accompanied Ms. Ana Hinojosa, WCO Director of Compliance and Facilitation, and participated in the Meeting of the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFP), which was held on 1 June 2016 in Shanghai, China. 


26 May 2016 Maldives,

At the invitation of the ADB, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager for South Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended the ADB SASEC 5th Meeting of Customs Subgroup held on 26 May 2016 in Maldives. 


27 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of the Thai Customs Academy, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, gave a lecture on the activities of the WCO and the ROCB A/P on 27 May 2016 at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters. 


26 May 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At the request of the WCO Secretariat and at the invitation by the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated a session of the 25th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General (DGs) of Customs, which was held on 26 May 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and attended by some 50 participants, including DGs and representatives of the Customs administrations from 10 ASEAN Members States and ASEAN Secretariat. 


16-20 May 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy on 16-20 May 2016 at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Faridabad, India. 


9 to 12 May 2016 in Phuentsholing, Bhutan.

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Bhutan Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 9 to 12 May 2016 in Phuentsholing, Bhutan, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project. 


25-29 April 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

On 25-29 April 2016, the WCO Organized the A/P Regional Workshop on Passenger Controls at the ICAO Asia and Pacific Office in Bangkok, Thailand, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund, in which 37 persons, including the representatives from 27 Member Customs administrations and RILO A/P, took part. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated in the Workshop as co-facilitator. 


26-28 April 2016, Faridabad, India

After the first Transit workshop held in China in early April, the WCO, in cooperation with the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Sub-Regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for South Asia on 26-28 April 2016 at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Faridabad, India. 


18-22 April 2016, Shanghai, China

WCO organized the Regional Workshop on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) on 18-22 April 2016 in Shanghai Customs College (SCC), Shanghai, China, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Japan (CCF/Japan). 


18-22 April 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC Japan organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 Implementation at the RTC Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute), Kashiwa, on 18-22 April 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. A total of 34 officers representing the WCO Members and the ROCB A/P, 3 WCO officers, Mr. Ed DE Jong, Senior Technical Officer, Mr. Kaoru OMOTO, Technical Officer and Mr. Toshihiko YAMATE, Technical Attaché as resource persons, and 1 ROCB officer, Mr. Takayuki MIYOSHI, CCF/Japan Operation Manager as a facilitator, participated in the Workshop. 


11 April 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Alpha Wong, Program Manager for Southeast Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended the Pre-Arrival Processing System Conference, which was held on 11 April 2016 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Approximately 50 TCD officials and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, JICA, shipping agents and terminal operators participated in the Conference. 


7-8 April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium


11th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs and RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices was convened on 7-8 April 2016 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, which aimed at further empowering the regional structures to deliver their mission and fulfil their important roles. 


6-8 April 2016, Shanghai, China

The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P), under the sponsorship of CCF China, successfully conducted the Sub-regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) on 6-8 April 2016 at the Shanghai Customs College (SCC) in Shanghai, China, which was attended by 19 participants from the WCO Member Customs administrations in the GMS. Resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, Turkey, Uganda and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) contributed to the Workshop. Mr. Cheng Jing, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, took part in the workshop as a resource person. 


22 - 24 March 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh



The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 22 to 24 March 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project. 


21-23 March 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, RILO A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific region (Action IPR A/P) on 21-23 March 2016 in the Holoday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Japan (CCF/Japan). A total of 22 participants from the 20 Member Customs administrations and 1 observer from the ROCB A/P participated in this Workshop. Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson attended this Regional Workshop as a resource person, along with other resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, RILO A/P and Japan Customs. 


21-22 March 2016, Melaka, Malaysia

On 21-22 March 2016, the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Strategic Leadership in Information Technology was held in the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. A total of 24persons representing the WCO Member Customs administrations, including those represented the host administration, participated in the Workshop, which was supported by Mr. Tejo Kusuma, Technical Officer of the WCO Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, and Ms. Beng Huay Yeo, Chief Information Officer of Singapore Customs, as resource persons, as well as Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, as a facilitator. 

 Guest Visits

26 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout, Deputy Director General of Lao Customs, and his colleagues visited the ROCB A/P on 26 February 2016 on the occasion of his business trip to Thailand to study management practices in dry ports and container depots. 


4 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

AEO workshop participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam visited the ROCB A/P, accompanied by colleagues of the AEO Department of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) and JICA Experts. 


3 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) at his office to congratulate his promotion and call for continued support for the ROCB A/P. 


2 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Chutiwat Watanaphol, new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) at his office to congratulate his promotion and call for continued support for the ROCB A/P. 

 Staff Updates

Time flies. I have spent 4 year working with the ROCB A/P in Thailand. I have traveled to many places and made a lot of friends. 


12 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Vareemon Chairungsrilert 


2 March 2016,Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you so much to let me introduce myself. My name is Jate-arpa Benjaphong , nicknamed “Mai.” I worked at private companies for many years since I graduated the Bachelor Degree from Assumption University. 


29 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Transfer of Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat, Program Coordinator of the ROCB A/P, to the Thai Customs Academy. 


18 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

I am Kangsik Cho from Korea Customs Service and very glad to have a chance to introduce myself. Thanks to the warm welcome of the Thai Customs staff and office colleagues. 


Dear readers,

It is my great pleasure and honor to extend my greetings from Bangkok for the first time as the new Head of the ROCB A/P for the next 5 years succeeding Mr. Yoshihiro Kosaka. Indeed, I have quite big shoes to fill. 

 Other Issues

19 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager and Program Manager for South Asia, Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat and Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson, Program Coordinators of the ROCB A/P attended the Wrap-Up Ceremony for the Project supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 


Future Events

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Presentation Materials

 

 

 

 WCO Regional Workshop on Strategic Initiatives

for Trade Facilitation - Mercator Programme

16 - 18 March 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

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