27 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
At the request of the Thai Customs Academy, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, gave a lecture on the activities of the WCO and the ROCB A/P on 27 May 2016 at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters. The lecture was part of a special national program for managers/directors, with more than 40 officials from various field offices taking part.
Referring to the introduction made by an Academy staff, Mr. Igarashi began his first part of the lecture by asking the participants how Customs could contribute to the economic growth of the country. He also asked them what the world-class Customs means from a managerial viewpoint.
Based on these theme-setting questions, he introduced the history and the mandates of the WCO. Also covered were the WCO missions and visions, including Custom in the 21st Century visions, as well as priority agendas and recent progress on supply chain security, trade facilitation and revenue, among other things. He underlined the significance of early implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, supplemented by series of WCO’s instruments and guidelines, in the context of growing the country’s economic competitiveness.
Given the mounting concerns over security, he highlighted the WCO’s Security Package initiatives. In the second part of the lecture, he featured the A/P region’s working mechanisms and cooperative framework, including the ROCB A/P’s roles and responsibilities. He also covered the capacity building program planning and delivery processes to better serve and collaborate with the Members in the region for their continued Customs reform and modernization efforts. At the end of this interactive lecture, participants complimented Mr. Igarashi for his lecture and pledged that they will bear in mind the international standards and best practices, including those of the WCO, in their frontline operations with a view to achieving world-class Customs.
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