Workshops/Meetings


ROCB A/P introduces the WCO instruments and AEO Program at the UNESCAP Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development 
7-10 August 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the International Trade Development Institute (ITD), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the ESCAP-ARTNeT/ITD Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development held from 7 to 10 August 2018 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 


WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar of Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards 
16-17 July 2018, New Delhi, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Central Board of Indirect tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, organized the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar of Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards (FoS) on 16-17 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, with financial sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Find of Japan (CCF/Japan). 


ROCB A/P joins the Assumption Ceremony of India’ A/P Vice Chair 
16 July 2018, New Delhi, India

At the invitation of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Assumption Ceremony of WCO A/P Vice Chair of India, which was held on 16 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, back-to-back with the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar on Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards. 


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for ASEAN Member States on Border Enforcement on Counterfeiting and Piracy 
9-13 July 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia

The WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for ASEAN Member States (AMS) on Border Enforcement on Counterfeiting and Piracy was held on 9-13 July 2018 in Langkawi, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor Seminar 
2-6 July 2018, Brussels, Belgium


The second WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor (MPA) Seminar was held at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on 2-6 July 2018 with a view to continuously providing a platform for MPAs to share experiences in their respective missions under the Mercator Program and update the recent developments in the initiatives undertaken by the WCO and its development partners so that the MPAs may provide the down-to-the-earth support in the tailor-made track approach. 


WCO Council Session 
28-30 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium

At the invitation by the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the 132nd Session of the WCO Council, which took place on 28-30 June 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, as an observer. 


ROCB A/P participates in the CAREC Meeting for supporting implementation of the WTO TFA 
25-28 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Inaugural Meeting of Regional Trade Group (RTG) and CAREC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), which were held consecutively on 25-26 June 2018 and 27-28 June 2018 respectively in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P introduces the WCO tools at the UNEP Risk Profiling Workshop 
20-22 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the UN Environment Ozon Action Asia and Pacific Office, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Risk Profiling Workshop for Customs and Border Control Officers and National Ozone Officers of India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which was held from 20 to 22 June 2018 at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand, as a resource person. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) 
11-15 June 2018, Nagoya, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) on 11-15 June 2018 at the Nagoya Customs, Japan. This was the first WCO workshop held at the Nagoya Customs. 


The ROCB A/P renews cooperative ties with the OCO 
11-13 June 2018, Melbourne, Australia

At the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated in the 20th OCO Annual Meeting held on 11-13 June 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, accompanying Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, as an observer. More than 60 delegates from the OCO Member administrations and partner entities, including the WCO, participated 


ROCB A/P attends the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition 2018 
6-8 June 2018, Lima, Peru

Mr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition (WCO ITC) 2018 held from 6 to 8 June 2018 in Lima, Peru. The WCO ITC discussed the various topics for “Building a Reliable Digital Landscape to Boost Cross-Border Trade”, the theme of this year’s Conference. 


ROCB A/P contributes to the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU) Workshop 
30 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P, participated and contributed to the Workshop for State Post Bureau China on Belt and Road Initiative, which was held on 30 May 2018 at the Asian-Pacific Postal College in Bangkok, Thailand, as a guest speaker. 


ROCB A/P speaks at a regional meeting to counter online sales of counterfeit and illicit medicines 
15-17 May 2018, Singapore

At the request from the WCO Secretariat and the invitation from the INTERPOL, Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Asian Region Meeting held from 15 to 17 May 2018 in Singapore as a representative of the WCO to discuss joint enforcement against counterfeit and illicit medicines. 


A Training Strategy Development support to Lesotho Revenue Authority 
14-18 May 2018, Maseru, Lesotho

At the invitation of WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, the ROCB A/P Program Manager, joined the WCO Seminar on Training Strategy and Simplified Human Resource Management (HRM) Diagnostic Study held from 14 May to 18 May 2018 at the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) Training Center in Maseru, Lesotho, as chief expert. 


19th Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference 
14-17 May 2018, Sigatoka, Fiji

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), who is currently assuming the role of the WCO A/P Regional Vice Chair, convened the 19th Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference on 14-17 May 2018 in Sigatoka, Fiji, and more than 50 delegates from the regional Member administrations and observers from the WCO Secretariat as well as RILO A/P and ROCB A/P participated in this high-level regional conference. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Conference. 


The ROCB A/P represents the WCO to the ASEAN Meeting for the Customs Directors General 
3 May 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia

At the request of the WCO Secretariat and invitation from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 27th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General (DGs) Meeting held on 3 May 2018 in Langkawi, Malaysia, as a representative of the WCO. 


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Human Resource Development 
24-27 April 2018, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

The WCO, in cooperation with the Viet Nam Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized the Regional Workshop on Human Resource Development (HRD) from 24 May to 27 May 2018 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Environmental Topics 
23-27 April 2018, Shanghai, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) and the ROCB A/P, organized the Regional Workshop on Environmental Topics from 23 May to 27 May 2018 at RTC-China (Shanghai Customs College) under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China). 


WCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories 
17-19 April 2018, Busan, Korea

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Korea Customs Service (KCS), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories from 17 April to 19 April 2018 in Busan, Korea, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to enable the sharing of analytical techniques in the A/P region. 


ROCB A/P participates in the UNESCAP Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation 
20-23 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation: Implications of Emerging Technologies held from 20 to 23 March 2018 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P speaks at the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products 
21 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) organized a Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products on 20-22 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Anti-money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 
12-15 March 2018, Sydney, Australia

The WCO Regional Workshop on Anti-money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing was held on 12-15 March 2018 in Sydney, Australia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


Capacity Building Committee discusses Performance Management and Professional Developments 
26 -28 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The 9th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee(CBC) was convened on 26 – 28 February 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 


ROCB A/P reports recent activities at the 15th A/P Regional Training Center Heads Meeting 
23 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

On the occasion of the 13th Global Meeting of the Heads of the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and the Vice Chairs’ Offices, the ROCB A/P convened the 15th Meeting of the Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers on 23 February 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 


ROCB A/P discusses the regional good practices at the 13th Global ROCBs-RTCs-Vice Chairs’ Offices 
22-23 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The WCO Convened the 13th Global Meeting of the Heads of the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice Chairs’ Offices on 22 and 23 February 2018 at its Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, which was attended by some 30 delegates from the ROCBs, RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices around the world. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Authorized Economic Operators and Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements 
5-9 February 2018, Seoul, Korea

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Korea Customs Service (KCS), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) and Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRA) from 5 February to 9 February 2018 in Seoul, Korea, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the implementation of AEO and achievement of MRA negotiations in Asia and Pacific Region. 


ROCB A/P attends the Stakeholder meeting for a strengthed Regional Enforecement Network (REN) for Chemicals and Waste 
1 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 1 February 2018, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted the stakeholders meeting on a proposal for a strengthened Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste in the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P joins the Fiji colleagues for the International Customs Day Ceremony 
26 January 2018, Suva, Fiji

At the invitation of Mr. Visvanath Das, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined the International Customs Day ceremony held at the FRCS Headquarters in Suva, Fiji, as chief guest. 


ROCB A/P promotes Customs Academic Research at International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) Seminar 
22-26 January 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan

At the invitation of International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, ROCB A/P Program Manager, participated in the International Academic Seminar held at the ROCB European Building from 22 January to 26 January 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Accreditation of Mercator Program Advisors in the A/P region 
22-26 January 2018, Suva, Fiji

WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Mercator Program Advisors (MPAs) was held at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, on 22- 26 January 2018 with funding support of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Mercator Programs at the Central Asian Countries 
12 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Workshop on Trade and Trade Facilitation Reforms, which was held on 12 December 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceania Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
4-8 December 2017, Suva, Fiji


The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), organized the WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceania Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy from 4 December to 8 December 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Suva, Fiji. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Risk Management and Post Seizure Analysis 
4-8 December 2017, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Risk Management and Post Seizure Analysis from 4 December through 8 December 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, with sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


WCO National Seminar for Cambodia Customs on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
4 -6 December 2017, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

With the sponsorship of the Japanese Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF Japan), a WCO National Seminar on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy was held for the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia in Phnom Penh from 4 to 6 December 2017. 


WCO Workshop on Effective Project Management for Customs Reform and Modernization 
27 November -1 December 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam

The WCO Workshop on Effective Project Management for Customs Reform and Modernization for Vietnam was conducted from 27 November through 1 December 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam under the sponsorship of the Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD). 


6th Greater Tumen Initiative(GTI) Trade Facilitation Workshop in Korea 
The GTI Secretariat organized a Trade Facilitation Workshop from 28 to 30 November 2017 in Cheonan, Korea, in cooperation with Korea Customs Service(KCS) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea(CCF/Korea) to support the realization of trade facilitation in the Northeast Asia through the promotion of the AEO programs. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Cyber Investigation and Digital Forensics 
21-23 November 2017, Hong Kong, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Hong Kong Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Cyber Investigation and Digital Forensics in Hong Kong, China from 21 to 23 November 2017 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. This workshop was the second of its kind organized in Hong Kong, China. 


WCO Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
6-10 November 2017, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in close cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement(TFA) on 6-10 November 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


ROCB A/P joins the celebration of the RILO A/P’s 30th Anniversary 
6-7 November 2017, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation from the WCO Secretariat and Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO A/P Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO A/P)’s 30th Anniversary Ceremony held on 6 November 2017 in Seoul, Korea. More than 130 guests from the WCO Member administrations around the world, other RILO and international organisations attended the Ceremony. 


ROCB A/P Speaks at 27th Annual National Convention of Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc and gives a lecture to customs-major students of LYCEUM of the Philippines University 
3-7 November 2017, Davao City/Manila, Philippines

At the invitation of the Philippines National Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc, (CCBI), Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as a guest speaker, attended the 27th Annual National Convention of Chamber of Customs Brokers, which was held at SMX Convention Center on 3-4 November 2017 in Davao City, Philippines. 


ROCB A/P reports its activities at the 27th WCO A/P Regional Contact Points Meeting 
11-13 October 2017, Cairns, Australia

27th Meeting of the WCO A/P Regional Contact Points was convened on 11-13 October 2017 in Cairns, Australia, which was attended by 47 delegates from 22 Member administrations as well as observer organizations, i.e. WCO Secretariat, the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Meeting as an observer. 


ROCB A/P speaks at the 12th WCO Annual PICARD Conference 
26-28 September 2017, Hammamet, Tunisia

At the invitation of the WCO Research Unit, Dr. Tong hua of the ROCB A/P, attended the 12th WCO Annual PICARD Conference, which ran from 26 to 28 September 2017 in Hammamet, Tunisia. 


WCO National Workshop on Passenger Control for Lao PDR 
25-29 September 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR

WCO National Workshop on Passenger Control for Lao PDR was conducted on 25-29 September 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


WCO National Workshop for Indonesia Customs on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
11-15 September 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

The WCO National Workshop for Indonesia Customs on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy was held on 11-15 September 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan) and a total of 21 Custom officers in charge of border enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) participated in the workshop. 


ROCB A/P speaks at the 29th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P) 
5-7 September 2017, Chongqing, China

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Tong hua, attended the 29th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P, which was held in 5-7 September 2017 in Chongqing, China, and introduced ROCB A/P’s Capacity Building efforts in supporting Customs Administrations, in particular the close collaboration between RILO A/P and ROCB A/P for jointly organizing high-class Capacity Building activities in the A/P region 


WCO and ROCB A/P joined development partners for greater collaboration on trade facilitation 
4-7 September 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) 2017 and its side events, i.e. a series of trade facilitation-related workshops, were held on 5-6 September 2017 and 7 September 2017 respectively in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, by UNESCAP and ADB, in cooperation with Indonesia Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs. 


ROCB A/P Speaks at AEPC workshop on Trademark Infringement Determinations in a Border Enforcement Context 
24 August 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

At the invitation of APEC, Ms. Saori Nojima, Project Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the workshop on Trademark Determination in a Border Enforcement Context on 24th August 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. 


ROCB A/P raises the awareness of Visionary Leadership in Customs Modernization and Reform for the Myanmar Customs Department 
22-23 August 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

At the invitation from the World Bank Group, Trade & Competitiveness of Myanmar, Dr.Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Myanmar Customs Leadership Course held on 22 and 23 August 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, as a guest speaker. 


WCO reaffirms continuing collaboration with Brunei for capacity enhancement 
26-27 July 2017, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

At the invitation of the Royal Brunei Customs and Excise Department (RCED), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to meet Brunei’s government leaders and Customs executives and exchange views for their future Customs modernization through active participation in the WCO’s initiatives undertaken at global and regional levels. 


WCO Security Project Launching for Bangladesh 
23-25 July 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh


At the invitation of Bangladesh National Board of Revenue (NBR), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Dhaka, Bangladesh to launch the WCO’s Security Project for Bangladesh and to seek political support for accelerating Customs reform and modernization to contend with a series of challenges being discussed at the international arena, such as counter-terrorism and supply chain security and trade facilitation. 


WCO advocates India’s TFA implementation plan 
21-22 July 2017, New Delhi, India

At the invitation of India Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited New Delhi, India with a view to advocating CBEC’s on-going commitment to the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). To this end, on 21 July 2017, WCO Secretary General participated in the Trade Facilitation Forum held in New Delhi and made a keynote address in front of some 100 audiences representing various stakeholders and development partners, and commended the CBEC for their structured engagement to the TFA implementation through devising a concrete action plan as a good practice. 


WCO supports Pakistan accelerating Customs modernization 
18-19 July 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan

At the invitation of Pakistan Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Islamabad, Pakistan with a view to meeting Pakistani government leaders to seek their political support for the on-going Customs reform and modernization and encourage their further contribution and commitment to a series of challenges surrounding Customs, including trade facilitation and supply chain security. 


High-level policy dialogue with Afghan government leaders on Customs modernization 
16-17 July 2017, Kabul, Afghanistan

At the invitation of Afghan Customs Department (ACD), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Kabul, Afghanistan with a view to meeting Afghan government leaders to seek their political support for the on-going Customs reform and modernization. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) 
17-20 July 2017, Melbourne, Australia

WCO Regional Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) was conducted on 17-20 July 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Australian Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection (DIBP), along with strong contribution from the resource person from the WCO. 


WCO/Norad Project Mission on Stakeholder Engagement and Client Service for Vietnam Customs 
10-14 July 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam

WCO/Norad Project Mission on Stakeholder Engagement and Client Service for Vietnam Customs was conducted on 10-14 July in Hanoi, Vietnam. 


129th/130th Sessions of the WCO Council Convened 
6-8 July 2017

The 129th/130th Session of the WCO Council was convened on 6-8 July 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, in which more than 400 delegates and observers participated. 


FIATA 11th Region Asia/Pacific (RAP) Field Meeting 
28 June 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA),Ms. Eva Suen of the ROCB A/P participated in and contributed to the 11th FIATA Region Asia/Pacific (RAP) Field Meeting held on 28 June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, in which about 100 representatives from 14 countries attended. 


1st WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor Workshop 
19-23 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

The first WCO Global Mercator Program Advisors (MPAs) Workshop was held on 19-23 June 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 


The ROCB A/P contributes to the SASEC Customs Subgroup Meeting 
14-15 June 2017, Thimphu, Bhutan

At the invitation of the ADB and Bhutan Customs, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 6th Meeting of the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Customs Subgroup (SCS-6), which took place on 15 June 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan, as one of the resource speakers. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Customs Valuation and Revenue Package 
5-9 June 2017, Kobe, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Customs Valuation and Revenue Package was held on 5 – 9 June 2017 at the Kobe Customs Headquarters in Kobe, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Technical Update of Rules of Origin for ASEAN Member Customs Administrations 
5-9 June 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO organized the Sub-Regional Workshop on Technical Update of Rules of Origin for ASEAN Member Customs Administrations on 5-9 June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P joins the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition 2017 
7 June 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

Mr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition 2017 held from 7 to 9 June 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia, under the theme “The Power of Data”. 


Development Partner Meeting for Myanmar Customs Department 
2 June 2017, Yangon, Myanmar

With the invitation of Myanmar Customs Department (MCD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager of ROCB A/P, attended the Development Partner Meeting for the MCD, which was held on 2 June 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar. 


ROCB A/P Greets Japan Customs Director General 
29 May 2017, Tokyo, Japan

Seizing the occasion of a mission to Japan, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB) of Ministry of Finance in Tokyo on 29 May 2017 and greeted the CTB executives, including Mr. Mikio Kajikawa, Director General of the CTB, and Mr. Hiroshi Kishimoto, Deputy Director General of the same. 


ROCB A/P Meets Chairman and Members of the Bangladesh National Board of Revenue 
25 May 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Bangladesh National Board of Revenue (NBR) in Dhaka on 24-25 May 2017 with a view to consulting Chairman and Members of the NBR how the WCO and the ROCB A/P could further strengthen current cooperative ties with the NBR in order to better contending with a series of the WCO prioritized issues, such as supply chain security and counter-terrorism, trade facilitation, e-commerce, Customs-Tax cooperation and illicit financial flows. 


ROCB A/P represents the WCO to the ASEAN Directors General Meeting 
17 May 2017, Bali, Indonesia

In response to the request by the WCO Secretariat and at the invitation by Indonesia Customs, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, spoke at the Dialogue Session between the WCO and ASEAN Directors General (DGs) held as part of the ASEAN DGs Meeting on 17 May 2017 in Bali (Denpasar), Indonesia, in the capacity of a WCO representative. 


Joint WCO-UPU Customs-Post Workshop for AP region in Australia 
1-5 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

The WCO and UPU jointly organized a Joint WCO-UPU Customs-Post Workshop for the Asia-Pacific Region from 1 to 5 May 2017 in Sydney, Australia, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P; the Australian Border Force; the Australia Post under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea(CCF/Korea) to support Asia-Pacific Customs and Posts to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of advance electronic information. 


WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy 
15-18 May 2017, RTC Japan, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P, organized the WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy on 15-18 May 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO programs and instruments to harness the Customs and other government agencies at the OCO Annual Conference 
3-4 May 2017, Guam, USA

19th Annual Conference of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) was convened on 2-5 May 2017 in Guam, the USA, and approximately 60 delegates, including observers representing the OCO’s partner organizations, including the WCO, attended. 


WCO-UNESCAP UNNEXT MASTERCLASS 2017: DIGITAL CUSTOMS AND Single Window in the Context of WTO TFA 
19-28 April 2017, CheonAn Korea

The WCO and the UNESCAP organized the Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and Single Window so called the 3rd UNNExT MASTERCLASS 2017 on 19-28 April 2017 in Seoul and CheonAn City, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea). 


WCO Regional Strategic Workshop on the WCO Security Program 
25-27 April 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

On 25-27 April, the WCO Regional Strategic Workshop on the WCO Security Program has organized in Jakarta, Indonesia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Advance Ruling and Origin Certification for ASEAN Member Countries 
20 March 2017, Melaka, Malaysia

WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Advance Ruling and Origin Certification for ASEAN Member Countries was conducted on 20-24 March 2017 at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD). 


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General to the Mission to the Union of Myanmar 
20 March 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Union of Myanmar


WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, visited the Union of Myanmar to meet Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Nay Pyi Taw and call for high-level political support for further enhancing cooperation among the border control agencies, including Customs, with a view to facilitating legitimate trade and strengthening the country’s resilience to the terrorism and transnational organized crime. 


ROCB A/P reports its work progress to the regional Directors General 
14 March 2017, Suva, Fiji

The 18th WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was held in Suva, Fiji. 


ROCBs discuss Mercator Program at the WCO Headquarters 
2 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium

12th Global Meeting of Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Heads of the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice-Chairs’ Offices was convened on 2 and 3 March 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and the delegates discussed a set of important capacity building agenda, including the implementation of the WCO’s Mercator Program, regional strategic plan and the regional donor conferences among other things. 


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Revenue Package and Customs-Tax Cooperation Guidelines to assist implementation of the AEC2025 
20 February 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

At the invitation from the Fiscal Policy Research Institute Foundation (FPRIF) of Thailand, which is a research institute supporting Thailand’s economic and fiscal management, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the ASEAN Directors General Meeting on Excise Taxation held on 20 February 2017 in Hua Hin, Thailand, as a guest speaker. 


ROCB A/P speaks at the 18th Meeting of ARPEC 
15 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 15 February 2017, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme hosted the 18th meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Environmental Crime (ARPEC) in the UN building in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P moderates and speaks at the International Academic Conference on Economic Security 
27-30 January 2017, Baku, Azerbaijan

At the invitation of Prof. Aydin Aliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Dr. Tong Hua, ROCB A/P Program Manager, participated in the International Academic Conference held at the Azerbaijan Economic University in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the occasion of International Customs Day and the 25th Anniversary of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 


ROCB A/P joins the discussion on the region’s future priorities 
17-20 January 2017, Canberra, Australia


In the wake of the discussion at the last A/P Regional Contact Point Meeting held in November 2016 in Fiji (please refer to workshop click here), the regional working group meetings were convened from 17-20 January 2017 at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection to discuss the Members’ interests in the private sector engagement with Customs community as well as the development of the Regional Strategic Plan (RSP) for 2018-2020 and other technical coordination issues. 


ROCB A/P joined Study Visit Program at Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau 
19 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 18th January 2017, with a kind invitation from Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principle Advisor of the Royal Thai Customs Department, staff members of the ROCB A/P joined the study visit program held at the Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau (LCPCB), Thailand. 


ROCB A/P speaks at the WCO-UNODC CCP Steering Committee Meeting 
12 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO-UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Steering Committee Meeting was convened on 12 January 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, and more than 50 officials representing eight ASEAN CCP participating countries, the UNODC, donor countries, the RILO A/P, the Oceania Customs Organisation and other observers, attended. The ROCB A/P was also invited to participate in this Meeting on behalf of the WCO. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and E-Commerce 
12-16 December 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and E-Commerce on 12-16 December 2016 at the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN), India, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


ROCB A/P contributes to the UNESCAP-GTI International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia 
13-14 December 2016, Incheon, Korea

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P, as the WCO representative, participated in the International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia, which was held on 13 December 2016 in Incheon, Korea. 


14th Meeting of Heads of the WCO A/P RTCs 
7-8 December 2016, Hong Kong

On 7-8 December 2016, 14th Meeting of Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers (RTCs) was convened at the Hong Kong Customs Headquarters Building. 


WCO National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing for Thailand 
21-25 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing for Thai Customs on 21-25 November 2016 at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Intelligence-Led Risk Management 
21-25 November 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN), organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Intelligence-Led Risk Management on 21-25 November 2016 at the RTC India, Faridabad, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO tools and instruments in the implementation of PNR 
23-24 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

At the invitation of the APEC, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P participated in the APEC Workshop - Enhancing Travel Facilitation and Security through the Implementation of PNRGOV. 


ROCB A/P contributes to the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting 
23-25 November 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

The WCO organized the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting on 23-25 November 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam with a view to developing a concept of a project to promote the WCO Security Program, which consist of API/PNR, SALW and chemical precursor and components of improvised explosive devices (IED). 


RILO A/P Seminar on Detector Dogs 
15-17 November 2016, Cheon-an, Korea

Mr. Kangsik Cho, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P participated in the RILO A/P Seminar on Detector Dogs held on 15-17 November 2016 at the Customs Border Protection Institute (CBCTI) in Cheon-an, Korea and introduced the ROCB A/P’s capacity building activities. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Train-The-Trainer Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific Region 2 
15-17 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P organized the WCO A/P Regional Train-The-Trainer Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific Region (ACTION IPR A/P 2) in Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-17 November 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


WCO ROCB A/P promotes the Customs framework(AEO program) for implementation of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program in Philippines 
11 November 2016, Manila, Philippines

The WCO ROCB A/P, on behalf of the WCO, joined the Customs-Business workshop on UNODC-WCO Container Control Program to enhance the relationship between Customs and Business including related stake holders. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation 
9-11 November 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the Central Customs Laboratory (CCL) of Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation from 9 to 11 November 2016 in Kashiwa, Japan. 


ROCB A/P reports its activities and commitment to the Regional Contact Points 
9-11 November 2016, Sigatoka, Fiji

26th WCO A/P Regional Contact Point Meeting was held on 9-11 November 2016 in Sigatoka, Fiji. Nearly 50 delegates from 21 Member administrations, 4 observer organizations (WCO, RILO A/P, ROCB A/P and OCO) and the Regional Vice Chair’s Secretariat attended and discussed a series of important subjects. 


WCO ROCB A/P promotes the Customs framework (AEO program) for implementation of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program in Cambodia 
8 November 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The WCO ROCBA/P, on behalf of the WCO, joined the Customs-Business workshop on UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme to enhance the relationship between Customs and Businessincluding related stake holders. 


ROCB A/P joins the WCO Security Program Mission 
On 4 November 2016

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P joined the WCO mission in Bangkok, Thailand, which aimed at exploring possible areas of cooperation to promote the WCO Security Program with the Thai Customs Department. 


ROCB A/P joins the 28th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P) 
1-3 November 2016, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Takayuki Miyoshi, attended the 28th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P, which was held in 1-3 November 2016 in Seoul, Korea. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Post Clearance Audit 
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. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Non-Intrusive Inspection 
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. 


WCO fosters high-level support for the continued modernization of Samoa Customs 
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. 


WCO reaffirms enhancing collaboration with OCO 
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. 


ROCB A/P attends the A/P Vice-Chair’s Office Opening Ceremony 
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). 


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Integrity for the Pacific 
27-29 July 2016

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) and Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), organized the Sub-regional Workshop on Integrity for the Pacific on 27-29 July 2016 at the Regional Training Center Fiji, in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


127th/128th Sessions of the WCO Council 
Brussels, Belgium, 14-16 July 2016

127th/128th Sessions of the WCO Council was convened on 14-16 July 2016 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and was attended by a total of around 500 delegates from the WCO Member administrations, the observer international organizations and business associations. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Council as an observer. 


ROCB A/P participates in the ASEM Eurasia Expert Group Meeting 
11-13 July 2016, Seoul, Korea

Ms. Alpha WONG of the ROCB A/P, as a WCO representative, attended the ASEM Eurasia Expert Group Meeting on Transport and Logistics, which was held on 11-13 July 2016 in Seoul, Korea. 


ROCB A/P participates in the Customs-Business Conference 
7 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson and Mr. Kangsik Cho of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs-Business Conference held on 7 July 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P joined Thai Customs Department’s 142th Anniversary 
4 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

On 4 July 2016, at the kind invitation from Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his staff members joined the TCD’s 142th Anniversary Ceremony held at its Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on the Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) 
20-24 June 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN) organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) at the RTC India, Faridabad, on 20-24 June 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


WCO Asia/Pacific(A/P) Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment and Selectivity with Advance Cargo Information 
20-23 June 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment and Selectivity with Advance Cargo Information on 20-23 June 2016 at the Regional Training Center in Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan. 


ROCB A/P supports Thai Customs’ human resource development initiative 
14 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Ms. Alpha Wong, joined the selection process for so-called “STAR Project” which is led by Mr. Vichak to identify his subordinates with good potentials and broaden their future carrier paths. 


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
6-10 June 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the WTO, ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on 6-10 June 2016 at the Regional Training Center in Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan. 


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for India Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
6-9 June 2016 in Faridabad, India

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the India Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 6 to 9 June 2016 in Faridabad, India, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project. 


ROCB A/P introduces WCO instruments and tools for Digital Customs 
1 June 2016, Funafuti, Tuvalu

At the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 18th OCO Annual Conference held on 1 June 2016 in Funafuti, Tuvalu, as an observer. 


WCO National Training on Trade Facilitation Agreement for Thailand 
31 May - 3 June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO National Training on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) for Thai Customs at the Thai Customs Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, on 31 May - 3 June 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 


ROCB A/P participates in the GFP Meeting 
31 May – 1 June 2016

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P accompanied Ms. Ana Hinojosa, WCO Director of Compliance and Facilitation, and participated in the Meeting of the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFP), which was held on 1 June 2016 in Shanghai, China. 


ROCB A/P Collaborates with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for capacity building of SASEC countries 
26 May 2016 Maldives,

At the invitation of the ADB, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager for South Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended the ADB SASEC 5th Meeting of Customs Subgroup held on 26 May 2016 in Maldives. 


ROCB A/P gives a lecture to Thai Customs Managers 
27 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request of the Thai Customs Academy, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, gave a lecture on the activities of the WCO and the ROCB A/P on 27 May 2016 at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters. 


25th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General (DGs) of Customs 
26 May 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At the request of the WCO Secretariat and at the invitation by the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated a session of the 25th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General (DGs) of Customs, which was held on 26 May 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and attended by some 50 participants, including DGs and representatives of the Customs administrations from 10 ASEAN Members States and ASEAN Secretariat. 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy 
16-20 May 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy on 16-20 May 2016 at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Faridabad, India. 


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bhutan Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
9 to 12 May 2016 in Phuentsholing, Bhutan.

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Bhutan Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 9 to 12 May 2016 in Phuentsholing, Bhutan, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Passenger Controls 
25-29 April 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

On 25-29 April 2016, the WCO Organized the A/P Regional Workshop on Passenger Controls at the ICAO Asia and Pacific Office in Bangkok, Thailand, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund, in which 37 persons, including the representatives from 27 Member Customs administrations and RILO A/P, took part. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated in the Workshop as co-facilitator. 


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for South Asia 
26-28 April 2016, Faridabad, India

After the first Transit workshop held in China in early April, the WCO, in cooperation with the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Sub-Regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for South Asia on 26-28 April 2016 at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers) in Faridabad, India. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement 
18-22 April 2016, Shanghai, China

WCO organized the Regional Workshop on Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) on 18-22 April 2016 in Shanghai Customs College (SCC), Shanghai, China, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Japan (CCF/Japan). 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 Implementation 
18-22 April 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC Japan organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the HS 2017 Implementation at the RTC Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute), Kashiwa, on 18-22 April 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. A total of 34 officers representing the WCO Members and the ROCB A/P, 3 WCO officers, Mr. Ed DE Jong, Senior Technical Officer, Mr. Kaoru OMOTO, Technical Officer and Mr. Toshihiko YAMATE, Technical Attaché as resource persons, and 1 ROCB officer, Mr. Takayuki MIYOSHI, CCF/Japan Operation Manager as a facilitator, participated in the Workshop. 


ROCB A/P participates in the Pre-Arrival Processing System Conference 
11 April 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Alpha Wong, Program Manager for Southeast Asia of the ROCB A/P, attended the Pre-Arrival Processing System Conference, which was held on 11 April 2016 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Approximately 50 TCD officials and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, JICA, shipping agents and terminal operators participated in the Conference. 


A/P shares the region’s good practices with other WCO regions 
7-8 April 2016 in Brussels, Belgium


11th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs and RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices was convened on 7-8 April 2016 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, which aimed at further empowering the regional structures to deliver their mission and fulfil their important roles. 


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) 
6-8 April 2016, Shanghai, China

The World Customs Organization (WCO), in cooperation with the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P), under the sponsorship of CCF China, successfully conducted the Sub-regional Workshop on Transit Corridor for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) on 6-8 April 2016 at the Shanghai Customs College (SCC) in Shanghai, China, which was attended by 19 participants from the WCO Member Customs administrations in the GMS. Resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, Turkey, Uganda and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) contributed to the Workshop. Mr. Cheng Jing, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, took part in the workshop as a resource person. 


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
22 - 24 March 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh



The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Bangladesh Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 22 to 24 March 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project. 


WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific region (Action IPR A/P) 
21-23 March 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, RILO A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific region (Action IPR A/P) on 21-23 March 2016 in the Holoday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Japan (CCF/Japan). A total of 22 participants from the 20 Member Customs administrations and 1 observer from the ROCB A/P participated in this Workshop. Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson attended this Regional Workshop as a resource person, along with other resource persons from the WCO Secretariat, RILO A/P and Japan Customs. 


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Strategic Leadership in Information Technology 
21-22 March 2016, Melaka, Malaysia

On 21-22 March 2016, the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Strategic Leadership in Information Technology was held in the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. A total of 24persons representing the WCO Member Customs administrations, including those represented the host administration, participated in the Workshop, which was supported by Mr. Tejo Kusuma, Technical Officer of the WCO Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, and Ms. Beng Huay Yeo, Chief Information Officer of Singapore Customs, as resource persons, as well as Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, as a facilitator. 


ROCB A/P Reports its Activities to Directors General and Commissioners in the region 
15-18 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 17th Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference held on 15-18 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and reported the ROCB A/P’s activities in 2014/2015 and the latest progress in the undertakings over the last 8 months in 2015/2016. 


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Nepal Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
7 to 11 March 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal


The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Nepal Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 7 to 11 March 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal and successfully completed the 3-year Multi-year Project. 


ROCB A/P joins the Panel Discussion on Cross-Border E-Commerce 
10 March 2016, Bangkok

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined a Panel Discussion in the ADB Regional Workshop on Cross-Border E-Commerce: Towards Seamless Connectivity, which was held on 10 March 2016 at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. 


WCO National Training on Coordinated Border Management for Thailand 
29 February - 4 March 2016, Mukdahan, Thailand


WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and with the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, organized the WCO National Training on Coordinated Border Management (CBM) for Thailand from 29 February to 4 March 2016 at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) Academy. 76 TCD officials from relevant Divisions in the Headquarters and regional Customhouses attended this important National Training, which was the first national training to supplement the A/P Regional Workshop held in December 2015 in Kashiwa, Japan. 


ROCB A/P gives a lecture on the Customs community’s roles in trade facilitation and security 
26 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand.

On 26 February 2016, at a meeting room of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, the Programs Manager of the same, gave a lecture on the Customs’ roles in trade facilitation and supply chain security, which has significant impact from the viewpoint of global economics. 


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Sri Lanka Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
15 February 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Sri Lanka Customs under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 15 to 19 February 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and successfully completed the Multi-year Project. 


The 2016 Exit Conference on Time Release study (TRS) for Thailand 
18 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation by the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Cho Kangsik, Ms. Alpha Wong, Mr. Cheng Jing and Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson of the ROCB A/P attended the 2016 Exit Conference on Time Release Study for Thailand, which was held on 18 February 2016 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. 


The Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for Maldives Customs Service under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for SASEC Countries 
24-28 January 2016, Male, Maldives

The ROCB A/P and the ADB with support from the WCO Secretariat conducted the Final National Expert Mission on Customs Valuation for the Maldives Customs Service under the WCO-ADB Multi-year Assistance for the SASEC Countries (Multi-year Project) from 24 to 28 January 2016 in Male, Maldives and successfully completed the Multi-year Project. 3 Project Core Members (PCMs) of this Multi-year Project, 8 Project Supporting Members (PSMs) from Maldives Customs Service and experts from the WCO, Sri Lanka and ROCB A/P joined the activity. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Revenue Package and Advance Ruling 
25–29 January 2016,AKMAL Melaka, Malaysia

WCO Regional Workshop on Revenue Package and Advance Ruling was conducted on 25 – 29 January 2016 at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD). 


ROCB A/P participates in the Steering Committee Meeting for the Container Control Program (Southeast Asia) 
19 January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the UNODC Bangkok Office, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied by his colleagues, Mr. Jing Cheng, Mr. Kangsik Cho and Ms. Alpha Wong, attended the Steering Committee Meeting for the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program (CCP) in the Southeast Asia region, which was held on 19 January 2016 at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, as observers. 


ROCB A/P Promotes the AEO Program and Coordinated Border Management (CBM) at the WCO/UNODC CCP Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting in Yangon, Myanmar 
15 January 2016, Yangon, Myanmar

WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting was organized on 15 January 2016 in Yangon, Myanmar, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection (ADIBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). 


ROCB A/P Promotes the AEO Program and Coordinated Border Management (CBM) at the WCO/UNODC CCP Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR 
13 January 2016, Vientiane, Lao PDR

WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting was organized on 13 January 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection (ADIBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). 


ROCB A/P Promotes the AEO Program and Coordinated Border Management (CBM) at the WCO/UNODC CCP Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
11 January 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

WCO/UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting was organized on 11 January 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, by the UNODC Bangkok Office with the sponsorship of the Australia Department of Immigration and Border Protection (ADIBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). 


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