14-15 July 2014, Brussels, Belgium
Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, the new Head of the ROCB A/P, visited the WCO Secretariat on 14-15 July 2014 and had a series of meetings with WCO officials, including Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO and Mr. Eric Kieck, Director of Capacity Building Directorate. These meetings provided an opportunity to confirm ROCB A/P’s activities are consistent with the WCO policy and strategy. The meetings also offered an opportunity to renew the existing cooperative relationship with the WCO Secretariat and the ROCB A/P.
The Secretary General commended the ROCB A/P’s contribution to the regionalization policy of the WCO and the technical assistance activities, which are essential in the pursuit of Customs reform and modernization, especially for implementing WTO Trade Facilitation Agreements (TFA).
Mr. Igarashi shared his ideas of embracing more strategic visions in technical assistance including broadening the context of the program so that thetechnical assistance to the regional members is more result-oriented and multi-dimensional. These visions were supported by the Secretary General.
In discussions with Mr. Kieck, Mr. Igarashi shared several ideas regarding technical assistance support, including the use of the region’s experts and the designing of workshop programs. Mr. Kieck briefed on several issues which his Directorate is placing priorities, including fostering of leadership in Customs reform and modernization, application of performance measurement techniques for technical assistance activities and the need to strengthen the collaboration with development partners.
In addition to these afore-mentioned WCO officials, Mr. Igarashi met with senior officials of the SG’s Office, including the fund manager of CCF/Japan, as well as officials of the 3 Directorates exchanging views on the future technical assistance activities and the respective programs for the future.