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

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). 


16-20 December 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO Regional Workshop on raising awareness on the development of regional cooperation and strategy in the context of Authorized Economic Operators(AEO) was held on 16-20 December 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Japan(Japan Customs Training Institute(CTI)), under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


11-12 December 2019, Brussels, Belgium

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO Global Security Conference held on 11-12 December 2019 at Brussels, Belgium. 


16-19 December 2019, Xiamen, China

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the WCO second Global Meeting of Integrity Experts from 16 to 19 December 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Xiamen, China. 


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. 

 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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