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ROCB A/P E-Newsletter Issue: 61 (July 2018)

 

ROCB A/P Strategic Action Plan 2018 - 2020

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Message From ROCB Asia/Pacific

Welcome to the ROCB A/P website!

 

WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) was established in September 2004 as the first ROCB aiming at coordinating and improving the Customs capacity building activities in line with the WCO’s regionalization approach. 

 

Environment surrounding the Customs operation is very diverse and evolving consistently. Stage of Customs modernization varies from one WCO Member administration to another. Administration’s priority varies as well.  In tandem with the development in ICT, expansion of global trading system as well as continued changes in business practices for international transactions of the goods, Customs administrations in the Asia/Pacific region are striving for its reform and modernization to provide due dividends accrued to the nations. Region’s capacity building activities conducted by the ROCB A/P are categorized based on 4 pillars of its objectives, namely: (i) To support the implementation of the WCO Conventions, instruments and tools; (ii) To further enhance collaboration with development partners; (iii) To improve needs analysis, planning, delivery and management of regional capacity building activities; and (iv) To enhance communication and information sharing among Members administrations.

 

This website is to provide some of the snapshots on the Customs capacity building activities in the Asia/Pacific region and continue communication with the regional Member and development partners. 

 

Above activities cannot be pursued by the ROCB A/P alone and, in fact, it requires the region’s commitment and cooperation with great leadership of the Regional Vice Chair and the support from the Regional Training Centers as well as the region’s experts in various domains. In this regard, the ROCB A/P would like to call for continued commitment and support of these stakeholders. At the same time, the ROCB A/P expresses its sincere appreciation to the donor administrations and development partners for generous funding for these capacity building activities coordinated by the ROCB A/P.

 

Kazunari IGARASHI 

Head of the ROCB A/P


Latest News

 Workshops/Meetings

7-10 August 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the International Trade Development Institute (ITD), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the ESCAP-ARTNeT/ITD Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development held from 7 to 10 August 2018 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 


16-17 July 2018, New Delhi, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Central Board of Indirect tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, organized the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar of Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards (FoS) on 16-17 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, with financial sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Find of Japan (CCF/Japan). 


16 July 2018, New Delhi, India

At the invitation of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Assumption Ceremony of WCO A/P Vice Chair of India, which was held on 16 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, back-to-back with the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar on Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards. 


9-13 July 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia

The WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for ASEAN Member States (AMS) on Border Enforcement on Counterfeiting and Piracy was held on 9-13 July 2018 in Langkawi, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


2-6 July 2018, Brussels, Belgium


The second WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor (MPA) Seminar was held at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on 2-6 July 2018 with a view to continuously providing a platform for MPAs to share experiences in their respective missions under the Mercator Program and update the recent developments in the initiatives undertaken by the WCO and its development partners so that the MPAs may provide the down-to-the-earth support in the tailor-made track approach. 


28-30 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium

At the invitation by the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the 132nd Session of the WCO Council, which took place on 28-30 June 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, as an observer. 


25-28 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Inaugural Meeting of Regional Trade Group (RTG) and CAREC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), which were held consecutively on 25-26 June 2018 and 27-28 June 2018 respectively in Bangkok, Thailand. 

 Special Topics

By Sopagna SENG
Deputy Chief of Bureau
General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia 


4 July 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues participated in the TCD’s 144th Anniversary Ceremony held on 4 July 2018 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and renewed existing close friendship with them. 


E-Learning in Thai Customs by Mr. Prawat Chuenchavalit Expert on Human Resource Development Thai Customs Department 


On 10 May 2018, the Shanghai Customs College (SCC), a WCO Regional Training Center, has become an accredited institution offering the Master’s Degree of Taxation and Public Administration. On 10 April, its Bachelor Program of Customs Administration (BCA) has been recognized by the WCO Secretariat within the framework of the PICARD Program. 

 Guest Visits

19 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Keiichi Tatsumi, departing Customs Attaché of Japan, and Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi, successor of Mr. Tatsumi, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P on 19 June 2018. 


7 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Rosalind Y. McKenzie, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), visited the ROCB A/P on 7 June 2018 to discuss continuous cooperation and collaboration between the ADB and the ROCB A/P under the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program. 

 Staff Updates

Future Events

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Presentation Materials

Click here to download the presentation slides for the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar on Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards, 16-17 July 2018, New Delhi, India



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