13-14 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
The delegation from Japan Customs led by Mr. Hiroshi Takami, Deputy Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB), accompanied by Mr. Takahiro Araki, Director for International Cooperation Division of the CTB, and his colleagues, visited the ROCB A/P on 13 February 2019 for a courtesy visit to the Thai Customs Department as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Customs Experts Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues warmly welcomed the delegates. Mr. Takami complimented the achievement of the ROCB A/P in the WCO capacity building activities and encouraged the ROCB staff to support the WCO Members with their continuous endeavor. The delegation was invited to water so-called “ROCB A/P’s trees” which were planted for commemorating the ROCB A/P’s 10th anniversary in 2014.
On the following day, 14 February 2019, Mr. Igarashi Kazunari and Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Meeting of ASEAN- based JICA Customs Experts to exchange views on challenges and good practices in capacity building assistance programs in the A/P region. It was also aimed at seeking opportunities for continuing collaboration and generating synergy with their respective cooperative projects by making best use of the WCO capacity building assistance programs These are largely supported by Japan Customs in various forms, including their generous support with the CCF/Japan. The WCO and the JICA concluded an MOU in 2015 to collaborate in Customs modernization assistance programs.
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