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

7 - 8 Sept 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P participated 32nd Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P NCP Meeting) held virtually on 7 - 8 September 2021. Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms. Sherman Yu also joined the meeting to provide support. 


6 September 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Launching Ceremony for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) for the Pacific Islands was held online on 6 September 2021. The Ceremony was organized by the WCO, JICA and ROCB A/P. 


25 August 2021, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 25 August 2021, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and the staff of ROCB A/P met online with Mr. Tae-Soo YOO, Head of RILO A/P and his colleagues to discuss future collaboration as the WCO regional body in AP region, moderated by Mr. Ilkwon HAN, program manager of ROCB AP. 


23 Aug 2021 online

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, organized a meeting with WCO Asia Pacific Vice Chair (VC) Secretariat to discuss key events in AP region as well as to exchange of views about capacities building activities in this financial year. Mr. IIkwon HAN & Ms. Sherman YU, Program Managers, and Ms. Pavida BOONMUN, Assistant Program Manager also joined the meeting. 


4-6 August 2021, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for Sri Lanka Customs Administration was held on 4 to 6 August 2021. 


6 August 2021, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 6 August 2021, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Program Managers of ROCB A/P met online with the representatives of regional offices of the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) to discuss future collaboration with them. 

 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 Colleagues,

My name is Kanyawarat SITTHIKUNPANIT. My nickname is Ploy. I’m the new staff at ROCB A/P for the Program Coordinator position. 


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