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ROCB A/P E-newsletter No.76 is finally here!


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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


11 - 13 May 2022, Online Regional Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO Online Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Supply Chain Continuity: Sharing Experience and Lessons Learnt from COVID-19 for the Asia Pacific was held from 11 to 13 May 2022 under the sponsorship of the government of Japan. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Workshop. 

10 May 2022, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 1st Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Customs Laboratory was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 10 May 2022. About 30 participants and observers from RCLs, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair Secretariat, and RILO A/P attended the meeting. 

3 – 5 May 2022, Seoul Korea hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Railway Workshop was held from 3 to 5 May 2022 in Seoul, Korea by a hybrid format allowing for remote and on-site participation. The Workshop was the first hybrid regional workshop in AP region, hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 

25 – 29 April 2022, Suva, Fiji

The second WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Working Group Activity for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on Customs Valuation and HS Classification for the Pacific Islands was held from 25 to 29 April 2022 in Suva, Fiji. 

28 March - 1 April 2022, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for the Thai Customs Department was held from 28 March to 1 April 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). The Workshop was organized by the WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P as well as with the generous support of the Thai Customs Department. 

23 March 2022, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 23 March 2022, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and the staff of ROCB A/P met by online with Mr. Cheon-Jeong PARK, Head of RILO AP and his colleagues at the second ROCB-RILO meeting in this FY21/22, moderated by Mr. Ilkwon HAN, Program Manager of ROCB A/P. 

10 March 2022

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Ms. Pavida Tarapoom, Assistant Program Manager were invited the bilateral online meeting by UNODC to discuss on regional cooperation of the Unwaste Project. 

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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

20 April 2022, Bangkok Thailand

Mr. Michael CYMBALISTA, Australian Border Force (ABF) Attaché, Counsellor of Australian Embassy in Bangkok Thailand visited ROCB A/P as its new support member. 

 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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