Farewell Message from Head of ROCB A/P, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi



Dear colleagues and friends,


Time has come to say goodbye to you.  I am completing my 5-year tenure as Head of the ROCB A/P at the end of June 2019.


I clearly remember the moment when I was assigned to be the Head of the ROCB A/P at the Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference in May 2014 in Port Douglas, Australia.  As a nominee to the post, I made 3-pronged pledges, namely: to continue and strengthen management principles exercised by predecessors; to maintain close communication and collaboration with the regional Members and relevant stakeholders; to assure continued delivery of quality capacity building programs; and to make utmost effort to further raise the profile of the WCO and the ROCB A/P as the center of expertise in the region.  Since I have come to Bangkok, I placed a copy of these pledges and commitments at the entrance of my flat so that I may bear them in mind all the times as my guiding principles.  Although these were my pledges, I am aware that they cannot be accomplished by myself alone.  In fact, I was really happy to have been fully supported by my colleagues at the Office and guided by many stakeholders, including WCO Secretary General and the Secretariat colleagues, especially Regional Development Managers, Vice Chairs, regional Directors General, and colleagues of the host administrations, among others.  I was indeed privileged to have had such a wonderful opportunity to serve at the ROCB A/P and enjoyed meeting so many colleagues and friends around the world.  I learned a lot from them and I will surely apply these lessons learned in my future undertakings.  I do not have enough words to express my gratitude, but I shall repeat that I very much appreciate everything you have provided to me.  I was notified that I will be assigned to the Japan Customs Training Institute as Senior Director and will take care of the human resource development.  I will continue to do my very best and share my experiences and knowledge on the world’s good practices in my home administration.  I would be pleased if our professional paths cross again in the very near future and renew our collaboration and friendship.


Thank you once again, dear colleagues and friends, and wish you all the best for continued success in your endeavor.


Kazunari Igarashi

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