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ROCB A/P attended 19th the Global Meeting of the Regional Entities

established by the WCO Members and the Council Vice-Chairs’ Offices


19-20 February 2024, Brussels, Belgium


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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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19-20 February 2024, Brussels, Belgium

The 19th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Entities was held from 19 to 20 February 2024 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in a hybrid format. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, Mr. Jun Tajima, Program Manager, Mr. Jaemin Cho, Program Manager, Ms. Zhengqing Ye, Program Manager, and Mr. Louis Chan, Program Manager, represented the office to attend the meeting in person. 

6 – 8 February, 2024, Tokyo, Japan

The official opening of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO) Asia/Pacific followed by a two-day High-level Roundtable were held in Tokyo, Japan from 6 to 8 February 2024. 

29 January to 9 February 2024, Nadi Fiji

Twenty-one (21) Master Trainers are certified, by the completion of the final Working Group activity of the Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on Customs Valuation and HS Classification for the Pacific Islands, held in Nadi, Fiji, from 29 January to 9 February 2024. Mr. Jun TAJIMA, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P attended. 

15 – 19 January, 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Training Management for ASEAN Members was held from 15 - 19 January, 2024 at the WCO Regional Training Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Customs Cooperation Fund Japan (CCF/Japan). 

8th - 12th January 2024, Melaka, Malaysia

The WCO Regional Workshop on Customs Enforcement Network (CEN) Applications was held in Melaka, Malaysia, from 8th to 12th January 2024 with the financial support of the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

19 - 20 December, 2023, Sanya, China

The APEC Seminar on Smart Customs: Smart Customs Control and Services for Better Development of Free Trade Ports/Free Zones was held in Sanya, China from 19 to 20 December 2023 in a hybrid form. 

4 - 8 December, 2023, Jakarta, Indonesia

The WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Customs Laboratory for the ASEAN Member Countries was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 4 to 8 December 2023 with the financial support of the Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF-China). 

 Special Topics

January 2024, Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues, paid a courtesy call on the occasion of new year 2024 on Mr.Theeraj Athanavanich, the Director - General of the Thai Customs Department, Mr. Phantong Loykulnanta, Principal Advisor on Duty Collection Management & Development, Mrs.Nunthita Sirikup, Deputy – Director General, Mrs.Kitjaluck Srinuchsart, Deputy – Director General, Mr.Niti wityatem, Deputy – Director General, Mrs.Arpapannee Sangmukda, Director of Human Resource Management Division, and Mr.Vishnu Wacharawanich, Secretariat of the Thai Customs Department. 

26th January 2024, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Royal Thai Customs, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, and his colleagues from ROCB A/P attended International Customs Day 2024 at the Thai Customs Department to celebrate International Customs Day with Thai Customs. During the ceremony, Mr. Theeraj Athanavanich, Director-General of Thai Customs, presented WCO Certificates of Merit to distinguished officers. 

 Guest Visits

4 December 2023, Bangkok, Thailand

In the initiative of the Korea Customs Services to foster the growth of the next generation in the area of international cooperation, the ROCB A/P proudly welcomed the study visit of five officials from the Global Future Talent Program to the ROCB A/P. 

 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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