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


4-6 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Under the theme “Manage Change Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” the 11th Capacity Building Committee was convened on 4-6 March 2020 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and approximately 180 delegates from Member administrations including non-Member administrations and other international organizations (UN, WTO) attended. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues also attended. 

2-3 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium

The 15th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures was convened on 2-3 March 2020 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and delegates from Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCB), Regional Training Centers (RTC), Vice Chairs’ Offices, Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO), Regional Customs Laboratories (RCL) and Regional Dog Training Centers (RDTC) attended. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues also attended 

20-21 February, and 24-28 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Tong Hua, Programe Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 19th Session of the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC) (20-21 Feb) and the 40th session of the WCO Enforcement Committee (24-28 Feb) held in Brussels, Belgium respectively. 

20-24 January 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO Asia Pacific Sub-Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Customs Valuation was held on 20-24 January 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

15 January 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) held the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products on 14-16 January 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

13-17 January 2020, Suva, Fiji

In collaboration with the WCO and the Fiji Revenue & Customs Service (FRCS), the ROCB A/P organized the WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy on 13-17 January 2020 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

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12 February 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to newly appointed Director of Thai Customs Academy, Ms. Pawan Phavichitr, at her office to present a flower bouquet and compliments. 

 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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