27 February – 1 March 2019, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Hong Kong, China, on 27 February – 1 March 2019 for an informal policy dialogue with Hong Kong Customs Service executives. The WCO delegation was warmly welcomed by Mr. Hermes Tang Yi-hoi, Commissioner of the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department (HKCED), and Ms. Loise Ho, Deputy Commissioner, as well as senior management officials at the Hong Kong Customs Headquarters and exchanged views on Customs innovation and other challenges. On this occasion, Mr. Igarashi expressed his sincere appreciation to Hong Kong Customs for seconding officials to the ROCB A/P and accommodating a number of WCO regional capacity building programs. Mr. Tang thanked Mr. Igarashi for his kind words of encouragement and assured of his administration’s continued support and commitment to the WCO capacity building activities in various forms.
Prior to the high-level dialogue, the WCO delegation also visited the Hong Kong Port of the newly built Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB), which is a forerunning check point to realize SMART Customs concepts for smooth clearance of travelers and cargoes.
On 1 March 2019, Dr. Mikuriya and Mr. Igarashi visited the WCO Regional Training Center in Hong Kong, which is renamed as the Hong Kong Customs College on 1 January 2019 in the wake of successful accreditation of its induction courses under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework. Mr. Ngan Hing-Cheung, Assistant Commissioner of the HKCED, and Mrs. Cecilia Tam, Commandant of the College escorted the delegation for the tour within the College. Dr. Mikuriya expressed his appreciation to the RTC Hong Kong for its continued dedication for the WCO’s regional capacity building assistance programs and called for continued efforts in the provision of high-quality human resource development for both its own and the Member administrations in the A/P region.
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