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

 Workshops/Meetings

2-3 December 2019, Shanghai, China

At the invitation of the RTC-China, Shanghai Customs College (SCC), Mr Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, and Dr. Tong Hua, the Program Manager of ROCB A/P, paid a formal visit to SCC from 2 to 3 December 2019. 


26-28 November 2019, Shenzhen, China

The ROCB A/P Head Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto and Programe Manager Dr. Tong hua attended the debriefing on Operation of Thunderball & Demeter V and workshop in Shenzhen from 26 November to 28 November 2019. 


18-20 November 2019, Puducherry, India

29th WCO A/P Regional Contact Points (RCPs) Meeting was held on 18 November 2019 for a 3-day session in Puducherry, India, organized by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) as Vice Chair. 


13-15 November 2019 Chiang Mai, Thailand

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, and Ms Chloe Au, the Program Manager of ROCB A/P, attended the 31st Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points (NCP) of RILO A/P held on 13-15 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 


11-14 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P participated in UN SEA of Solutions Conference 2019 in Bangkok on the 11 to 14 of November 2019 as a representative of the WCO and its environmental team. 


7-8 November 2019, Jinan, China

At the invitation of the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs Attachés’ Club (CAC) Seminar on Human Resource Management (HRM) and Training Management, as a resource person and WCO Accredited Expert on HRM, in Jinan City of Shandong Province, China from 7th November to 8th November, 2019. 

 Special Topics

30 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues joined the AEO Certificate Ceremony held on 30 July 2019 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. 


8 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the new Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Krisada CHINAVICHARANA, the Director General of Thai Customs Department (TCD). 

 Guest Visits

5 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

On 5 September 2019, Mr. Eric Wikramanayake, director of wildlife and wetlands of WWF-Hong Kong and his colleague paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P. 

 Staff Updates

It is my honor to have greetings to fellow officers. After being a customs officer in 1988, I had a dream to be an international customs officer. 


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