19 December 2018, Faridabad, India
At the invitation of Director General of the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Tax and Narcotics (NACIN) of India, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the inauguration ceremony of the WCO Section at the NACIN Library on 19 December 2018. The newly established WCO Section is to provides the NACIN faculties and trainees with abundant archives of the WCO reports and publications for their research and studies purposes. Mr. Igarashi joined Mr. S. Ramesh, Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC), Mr. Raj Kumar Barthwal, Member of Customs (CBIC), Ms. Archana Pandey Tiwari, DG of NACIN CBIC Chairman and NACIN faculties for its tape-cutting ceremony. On this occasion, he presented a memento from Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, on his behalf. (Please also see WCO A/P Regional website at )
Prior to the inauguration ceremony of the WCO Section, Mr. Igarashi was also invited to the opening ceremony of the inductory professional training for new batch of 2018 held on the same day at the NACIN. 65 new batches of Indian Customs and Excise officers and 3 Bhutanese Customs officers commenced their 2-year long training, including field attachment program. CBIC Chairman and chief guests addressed to the new recruits. Mr. Igarashi joined the chief guests for lump-lighting ceremony. Following the keynote addresses and a group photo session with new batches, Mr. Igarashi gave a special lecture on the Customs and its evolving roles to the trainees. In the course of lecture, he introduced a brief history of Customs, and explained its evolving roles and function from revenue collection to protection of society and facilitation of legitimate trade as well as trade supply chain security. He also explained an overview of the WCO and its regionalization approach in fostering mutual administrative assistance cooperation and capacity building support. He also touched upon the current priority work subjects of the WCO, including trade facilitation, e-commerce, security, performance measurement as well as application of disruptive technology for smart Customs operation. Mr. Igarashi stressed the significance of network among the same batches, the need for career-long learning, and value of individual professionalism and integrity, so that they may better exercise their capability on their duty and better serve for the nation.
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