ROCB A/P joins the Assumption Ceremony of India’ A/P Vice Chair
16 July 2018, New Delhi, India
At the invitation of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Assumption Ceremony of WCO A/P Vice Chair of India, which was held on 16 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, back-to-back with the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar on Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards. Nearly 200 guests, including Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance of India, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, as well as high-level representatives from the A/P regional Member administrations, Indian government authorities and business industry associations, and local media.
At the Ceremony, in the wake of lighting of sacred lamps by chief guests, Shri S. Ramesh, Chairman of the CBIC delivered his welcome address, in which he touched upon 4 key guiding principles as new WCO Vice Chair, including enhancement of regional capacity building and capacity building activities in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and other regional bodies, such as WCO Regional Training Centers and Regional Customs Laboratories. Then, Dr. Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Shri Shukla, India’s Minister of State for Finance, made keynote addresses respectively. Mr. Visvanath Das, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and out-going Regional Vice Chair, and Mr. Atsushi Iizuka, Director General of japan Customs and Tariff Bureau, made their congratulatory speeches. In the second part of the Ceremony, guests from the Member administrations and Indian business and industry associations made their congratulatory remarks and speeches on the Ceremony’s theme of “Customs – Facilitating cross border clearance.” In the course of the vote of thanks, Joint Secretary of Indian Customs complimented Head of the ROCB A/P as a co-initiator of this successful Ceremony and expressed continued close collaboration in their tenue of Regional Vice Chair and beyond. The ROCB A/P is going to work closely with the CBIC for the sake of optimizing the regional collective efforts and cooperation towards the Customs reform and modernization, so that the regional Customs community may contribute to furthering legitimate trade, which contending a series of challenges ahead.
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