ROCB A/P reports recent activities at the 15th A/P Regional Training Center Heads Meeting

23 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium


On the occasion of the 13th Global Meeting of the Heads of the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and the Vice Chairs’ Offices, the ROCB A/P convened the 15th Meeting of the Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers on 23 February 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.  Delegations from 6 RTCs, namely Fiji, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, as well as representatives of the WCO Secretariat and the A/P Regional Vice Chair’s Office (Fiji) attended. 

At the Meeting, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P welcomed the delegates and thanked the RTCs for their support and cooperation for the planning and delivery of the regional capacity building activities.  He then reported its activities since the last RTC Heads Meeting held in December 2016 in Hong Kong China and introduced recently published Customs Good Practice Reports, including the Report on the Exemplifying Regional Workshop Follow-Up Actions

RTC Heads complimented the ROCB A/P for the findings of the significant impacts accrued from the regional workshops in various forms and stressed the needs for the good technical assistance needs analysis and choice of relevant workshop topics.  Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, also introduced his study findings on the development and the use of national e-learning module for effective national Customs training delivery.  RTC Heads welcomed the study and exchanged their experiences in the use of distance learning platform, including the WCO’s CLiKC! and made some suggestions to enrich the study.  Ms. Eva Suen, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, also introduced the summary of the Customs Good Report on Cyber Investigation and Digital Forensics, which was compiled as a outcome of the Regional Workshop held in November 2017 in Hong Kong China.  She thanked the contribution made by administrations of Hong Kong China, Australia and Malaysia for the Report.  RTC Heads welcomed the ROCB A/P’s initiative in supporting the regional Members to contend with this complicated technical forensic issue.  Draft Workshop program on Human Resource Development to be held in April 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam, was briefly introduced and the RTCs were invited to take part in to share their experiences in innovating training and human resource development approaches. 

Next Meeting will be held later 2018 in Shanghai, China.


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