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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

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21 December 2021, Bangkok Thailand

Upon invitation from the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of ROCB A/P and Ms. YE Zhengqing (Grace), Program Manager of ROCB A/P met with Mr. LIN Hongliang, the Secretary General of the APPU on December 21 2021. 

11 November 2021, online organized by RILO A/P

At the invitation of RILO A/P, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Regional Seminar in Asia and the Pacific at 11 November 2021 which is collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) hosted and organized by RILO AP. 

9 -11 Nov 2021, organized by WCO, Japan Customs and ROCB A/P

A Regional Workshop on the HS 2022 implementation for Asia/ Pacific members was held virtually on 9 – 11 Nov 2021. The Workshop was funded by CCF/ Japan and co-organized by WCO, Japan Customs and ROCB A/P. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P hosted the Workshop and Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms. Sherman Yu also attended to provide support. 

2 -3 Nov 2021, Online Meeting Hosted by Vice Chair

The 31st Regional Contact Point (RCP) Meeting was organized and hosted online by Vice Chair on 2 – 3 Nov 2021. Over 60 participants from Asia Pacific members, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P attended the meeting. 

1 – 5 November 2021, online hosted by GACC

At the invitation, Ms. Grace Ye, Program Manager of ROCB A/P joined the Online Seminar on Customs Policy Connectivity organized and hosted by General Administration of China Customs (GACC) on 1 – 5 November 2021. 

27 – 28 October 2021, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 19th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 27 – 28 Oct 2021. Over 50 participants from RTCs, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair Secretariat, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P attended the meeting. 

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29 September 2021, Bangkok Thailand

With the hospitality and assistance given by Thai Customs Department (TCD) as our host administration, we celebrate the opening renovated office of ROCB A/P on 29 September 2021. 

 Guest Visits

6 October 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

On 6 October 2021, Mr. Joel Carruthers, Acting Australian Border Force (ABF) Counsellor Mekong of the Australian Embassy in Thailand, accompanied by Mr. Banpot Denmetharat, Senior Project Officer - Mekong region of the Australian Embassy in Thailand, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P. 

 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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