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ROCB A/P promotes WCO A/P Regional Structures’ Research Function
at the 15th WCO Annual PICARD Conference


26 November 2020, Online Conference hosted by the WCO


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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

Latest News


26 November 2020, Online Conference hosted by the WCO

WCO 15th Annual PICARD Conference was held by online and Dr. Tong Hua, Programe Manager of the ROCB A/P was joined the session of “Capacity Building and the PICARD Programme” on 26 November 2020 as a selected speaker globally by the WCO PICARD Conference Scientific Board, and which was moderated by WCO Capacity Building Directorate. 

23-26 November 2020, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for the Pacific Islands was held from 23 to 26 November 2020. 

12 November 2020, Online Meeting Hosted by Vice Chair

The WCO A/P Joint Session of 21st Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) and 30th Regional Contact Points (RCP) Meeting were held online on 12 November 2020 organized by the Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia as Vice Chair. 

2-6 November 2020, Bangkok Thailand

In collaboration with the WCO, the ROCB A/P organized the WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) for ASEAN on 2-6 November 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund Japan (CCF/Japan). 

15th October 2020, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 18th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 15th October 2020. 

15 July 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Directorate General of Customs and Exercise (GDCE), Ministry of Finance of the Republic Indonesia, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Virtual Launching Event of Vice Chair office by online. 

 Special Topics

4 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. IKEDA Kagemitsu, Managing Director of Customs Training Institute (CTI), the Ministry of Finance Japan as the RTC Japan, expresses encouragement message for the ROCB A/P and A/P Members to tackle together on the current tough situation caused by COVID-19. 

 Guest Visits

13 November 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. JongWook LEE, Director General of Korea Customs Service (KCS), accompanied by Mr. KwangWoo LEE, Customs Attaches in Korean Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, courtesy visited the ROCB A/P on 13 November 2020. 

 Staff Updates

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Pattarapak Nopnakeepong from Bangkok, Thailand as a Program Coordinator. My nick name is Tong, so I would be happy if you could call me Tong. First of all, I would like to thank you sincerely for giving me the opportunity to be part of WCO ROCB/AP. 

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