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

29 June 2021, Bangkok Thailand by online

At the invitation of Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), HE Mr. Satyendra Prasad, leading the UN Pacific Group, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General have the briefing meeting of WCO Small Island Economies (SIEs) Initiative with 16 Ambassadors and Representatives to the UN of Small Island States from the Pacific region and Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P attend the meeting held on 28 June 2021. 


22 June 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of US-ASEAN Business Council, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P participated a bilateral meeting held virtually on 22 June 2021. Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms Sherman Yu also joined the meeting to provide support. 


10 June 2021, online, Bangkok Thailand

At the invitation of the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P attended the 10th ASEAN – World Customs Organization (WCO) Consultation at the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors- General of Customs virtually held on 10 June 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Sherman YU, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P also attended. 


8-10 June 2021, Online workshop hosted by ROCB AP

The WCO Asia/Pacific regional Virtual Workshop on Canines was held from 8 June to 10 June 2021. The Workshop was hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 


24 May 2021, Online, Bangkok

At the invitation of the Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics Innovation Expo (HELIX), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P delivered the presentation about WCO instruments on disaster relief on behalf of the WCO. 


26-28 April 2021, Online Workshop

The WCO Free Zone Virtual Workshop for Asia/Pacific Region was held from 26 to 28 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China) and hosted by ROCB A/P. 


19-21 April 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Online Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was held 19 to 21 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by the WCO under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

 Special Topics

8 June 2021, Incheon, Korea

At the invitation of the Director-General of RDTC Korea, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Virtual Launching Ceremony of Regional Dog Training Center (RDTC) Korea. Mr. Kuramoto conveyed his warmest congratulation to Ms. Anna Cho, Director-General of RDTC Korea. 

 Guest Visits

21 June 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P received the courtesy visit of Japan Customs friends in Bangkok, namely Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi, Customs Attaché, the Embassy of Japan in Bangkok accompanied by Mr. Rei Murakawa, his successor as well as Mr. Akihiko Fukuzono, JICA Expert stationed at Thai Customs Department on June 21 2021. 


Mr. Daniel Brunt, Customs Attaché, the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok as a cooperate partner of ROCB A/P paid courtesy visit to Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P accompanied by his successor Mr. David Radovanovich on June 15 2021. 

 Staff Updates

Dear my friends of Asia Pacific region,

July 16th was the last day I worked at ROCB A/P. Because I have to move to another department of Thai Customs. 


I am YE Zhengqing(Grace)from China Customs. It is my great pleasure and honor to join ROCB A/P 


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