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


12-16 September 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC Japan organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Post Clearance Audit at the RTC Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute), Kashiwa, on 12-16 September 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 

12-16 September 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Non-Intrusive Inspection on 12-16 September 2016 at the Melbourne Customhouse of the Australian Border Force (ABF) under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 

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). 

 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. 

 Staff Updates
 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). 

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