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


15th October 2020, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 18th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 15th October 2020. 

10 September, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of Mr. Lin Hongliang, Secretary General of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, joined the “the Celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Postal College (APPC)” at APPU headquarters located in Thailand Post on 10 September 2020. 

19 August 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Director-General (DG) of Customs Meeting for 2020, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, participated the “ASEAN Customs DGs – WCO Consultation” held virtually on 19 August 2020. 

12 August 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Indonesian Customs Training Center, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Ms Chloe AU, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, joined the “Webinar on Capacity Building at the Turning Point: Challenge the Tradition or Embrace Transformation” on 12 August 2020 as resource persons. 

5 August 2020, Webinar

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-regional MTP Introductory Webinar for the Pacific Islands was held on 5 August 2020. 

15 July 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Directorate General of Customs and Exercise (GDCE), Ministry of Finance of the Republic Indonesia, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Virtual Launching Event of Vice Chair office by online. 

 Special Topics

4 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. IKEDA Kagemitsu, Managing Director of Customs Training Institute (CTI), the Ministry of Finance Japan as the RTC Japan, expresses encouragement message for the ROCB A/P and A/P Members to tackle together on the current tough situation caused by COVID-19. 

 Guest Visits

22 October 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

On 22 October 2020, Mr. Ulrich Meiser, Regional Coordinator, Container Control Programme, UNODC Regional Office and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his team warmly welcomed them. 

 Staff Updates

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Pattarapak Nopnakeepong from Bangkok, Thailand as a Program Coordinator. My nick name is Tong, so I would be happy if you could call me Tong. First of all, I would like to thank you sincerely for giving me the opportunity to be part of WCO ROCB/AP. 

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