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 ROCB A/P paid courtesy call to Director-General, Thai Customs Department


27th September 2023, Bangkok, Thailand


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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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27 September 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues paid courtesy call to Mr. Patchara Anuntasilpa, Director-General, the Thai Customs Department. 

5th September 2023, Online Meeting

At the invitation of the Cambodia General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, and Mr. Louis Chan, the Program Manager of ROCB A/P participated in a comprehensive online meeting on 5th September 2023. 

30 – 31 August 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues actively participated in the Regional Private Sector Group for Asia Pacific (RPSG AP) which was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 to 31 August 2023. 

22-23 August 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P, actively participated in the High-Level Euro-Asia Review Meeting of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) for Decade 2014-2024 in Bangkok, Thailand, upon the invitation of the UNECE, UNOHRLLS and ESCAP. 

18-19 July 2023, Pohnpei, Micronesia

Upon the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organization (OCO) Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P, actively participated in the 25th OCO Annual Conference at Pohnpei, the Federated Stats of Micronesia. 

3-7 July 2023, Melaka, Malaysia

The WCO A/P Regional workshop on Integrity Promotion was held at the RTC Malaysia in Melaka over the period 3-7 July 2023 sponsored by the CCF-China. From the ROCB A/P, Ms. Zhengqing Ye, the Program Manager and Operation Manager of the CCF-China participated this workshop. 

29 June 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P and his colleagues have a meeting with Mr. Michael Cymbalista, Counsellor of the Australian Border Force (ABF) Attaché and his team at the Australia Embassy in Bangkok Thailand at 29th June as the cooperate partner of the ROCB A/P. 

 Special Topics

8 May 2023, Samut Prakan, Thailand

At the invitation of Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P together with ROCB A/P members attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Thai Customs Canine Training Center on 8th May 2023, Samut Prakan, Thailand. 

 Guest Visits

September 26, 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of ROCB A/P, received a courtesy visit from Mr. Heon Park, a Director General from the Korea Customs Service, accompanied by Ms. Jieun Jung, Customs Attache at the Korea Embassy in Thailand, on September 26, 2023. 

 Staff Updates

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Aksara Mackhawiman, a new Assistant Program Manager at the ROCB A/P. 

Dear Colleagues,

Time flies!! Time passes very quickly. Working here at the ROCB A/P, I have learned to work in international circumstances and improved my knowledge of international standards from both my colleagues at ROCB A/P, WCO and Members. 

Hello Members!

My name is Jun TAJIMA and it is my great pleasure to be assigned as one of the Programme Managers of the ROCB A/P. 

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