ROCB A/P Reports its Activities to Directors General and Commissioners in the region

15-18 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




 ROCB A/P Reports its Activities to Directors General and Commissioners in the region


Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 17th Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference held on 15-18 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and reported the ROCB A/P’s activities in 2014/2015 and the latest progress in the undertakings over the last 8 months in 2015/2016.  In the course of the report presentation, he highlighted among other things: the increasing number of the participants in the WCO A/P regional workshops in the previous year; increasing access to the ROCB A/P website; conduct of the Workshop Follow-Up survey and publication of the survey summary.  He also reported the ramifications from the region’s joint IPR enforcement operation, code-named “Action IPR A/P”, which was initiated under the Vice Chair’s leadership and supplemented by the pre- and post-operational training sessions to optimize its results.  The reports were well received and delegates to the RHCA Conference took the floor to encourage the ROCB A/P to continue its supports for the region’s joints efforts forward reform and modernization through delivery of high-quality capacity building programs. 

RHCA Conference is an annual gathering of the heads of the WCO Member Customs administrations in the A/P region.  This year’s RBCA Conference was attended by the delegates from 20 Members.  Secretary General of the WCO and representatives from the WCO Secretariat, Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia/Pacific (RILO A/P) and US CBP also attended in the capacity of observers.  Delegates heard a series of progress reports and discussed several policy matters, such as revised terms of reference for the Regional Contact Point meeting, renewal of the Regional Strategic Plan, nomination process of the Vice Chair and other WCO governance issues.  Fiji was unanimously elected as the next Vice Chair for the A/P region with 2-year terms.  On the second day of this Meeting (16 March 2016), Private Sector Engagement Forum was organized and discussed the use of innovating technologies for the Customs border control.

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