The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. The WCO is composed of 183 member governments. It is the only worldwide intergovernmental organization competent in Customs matters. The WCO has devoted a great deal of attention to improving the quality, relevance, and availability of its capacity building activities. A regional approach to performing effective and efficient capacity building activities, in close cooperation with regional members, is one of its priority initiatives to improve Customs abilities based on the needs of each region.
The establishment of the WCO Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) was discussed at the Heads of Customs Meeting of the Asia Pacific Region held in Auckland, New Zealand, in April 2004. The Heads duly decided to establish the ROCB A/P in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the Regional Capacity Building Strategy, and the WCO Council endorsed this decision during its 103rd/104th Sessions held in June 2004. Followed by the approval of the Thai Cabinet on 7 September 2004 members celebrated the formal opening of the ROCB A/P in Bangkok on 28 September 2004.
The mission of the ROCB A/P is to assist Member to be an efficient and effective Customs administration.