Workshops/Meetings


ROCB AP collaborate with WWF UNEP INCB at RILO AP Seminar 
11 November 2021, online organized by RILO A/P

At the invitation of RILO A/P, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Regional Seminar in Asia and the Pacific at 11 November 2021 which is collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) hosted and organized by RILO AP. 


Virtual WCO Asia/ Pacific Regional Workshop on the HS 2022 implementation 
9 -11 Nov 2021, organized by WCO, Japan Customs and ROCB A/P

A Regional Workshop on the HS 2022 implementation for Asia/ Pacific members was held virtually on 9 – 11 Nov 2021. The Workshop was funded by CCF/ Japan and co-organized by WCO, Japan Customs and ROCB A/P. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P hosted the Workshop and Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms. Sherman Yu also attended to provide support. 


31st Regional Contact Point (RCP) Meeting 
2 -3 Nov 2021, Online Meeting Hosted by Vice Chair

The 31st Regional Contact Point (RCP) Meeting was organized and hosted online by Vice Chair on 2 – 3 Nov 2021. Over 60 participants from Asia Pacific members, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P attended the meeting. 


ROCB A/P join the discussion on Customs Policy Connectivity 
1 – 5 November 2021, online hosted by GACC

At the invitation, Ms. Grace Ye, Program Manager of ROCB A/P joined the Online Seminar on Customs Policy Connectivity organized and hosted by General Administration of China Customs (GACC) on 1 – 5 November 2021. 


19th Regional Training Center (RTC) Heads Meeting 
27 – 28 October 2021, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 19th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 27 – 28 Oct 2021. Over 50 participants from RTCs, WCO Secretariat, Vice Chair Secretariat, RILO A/P and ROCB A/P attended the meeting. 


ROCB AP join the WCO COVID-19 Project for Pacific 
19 - 22 October 2021, Online Sub-regional workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO Virtual Sub-regional workshop for the Consultation and Development of Standard Operating Procedures on Disaster Management and Supply Chain Continuity in the time of COVID-19 for the Pacific Islands was held from 18 to 22 October 2021 in collaboration with the Oceania Customs Organization under the sponsorship of the government of Japan. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P attended the Workshop. 


Pacific Members discussed their key issues, challenges and training needs related to HS Classification 
18 – 22 October 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The first WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Working Group Activity for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on HS Classification for the Pacific Islands was held online from 18 to 22 October 2021. 


Pacific Islands’ Members took a big step towards being Master Trainers 
27 September – 1 October 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The first WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Working Group Activity for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on Customs Valuation for the Pacific Islands was held online from 27 September to 1 October 2021. 


ROCB A/P joined International Canine Seminar on Drug Anti-smuggling by Russian Customs 
22 - 23 Sept 2021, Moscow, Russia by online

At the invitation of the Dog Training Centre of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) in Russia, Mr. Ilkwon HAN, Program Manager of ROCB A/P participated the International Canine Seminar on Drug Anti-smuggling held virtually on 22 - 23 September 2021 with simultaneous translation service. 


ROCB A/P collaborates Intelligence Experts of Asia and the Pacific 
7 - 8 Sept 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P participated 32nd Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P NCP Meeting) held virtually on 7 - 8 September 2021. Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms. Sherman Yu also joined the meeting to provide support. 


Customs Administrations in the Pacific Islands have been committed to supporting the Master Trainer Programme 
6 September 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Launching Ceremony for Master Trainer Programme (MTP) for the Pacific Islands was held online on 6 September 2021. The Ceremony was organized by the WCO, JICA and ROCB A/P. 


The ROCB A/P discussed future collaboration with RILO AP 
25 August 2021, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 25 August 2021, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and the staff of ROCB A/P met online with Mr. Tae-Soo YOO, Head of RILO A/P and his colleagues to discuss future collaboration as the WCO regional body in AP region, moderated by Mr. Ilkwon HAN, program manager of ROCB AP. 


ROCB A/P and A/P Vice-Chair confirm its close cooperation in this FY 
23 Aug 2021 online

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, organized a meeting with WCO Asia Pacific Vice Chair (VC) Secretariat to discuss key events in AP region as well as to exchange of views about capacities building activities in this financial year. Mr. IIkwon HAN & Ms. Sherman YU, Program Managers, and Ms. Pavida BOONMUN, Assistant Program Manager also joined the meeting. 


The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for Sri Lanka Customs Administration 
4-6 August 2021, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO National Workshop on combating counterfeiting and piracy for Sri Lanka Customs Administration was held on 4 to 6 August 2021. 


The ROCB A/P discussed future collaboration with World Wild Fund for Nature 
6 August 2021, Online Meeting hosted by ROCB A/P

On 6 August 2021, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Program Managers of ROCB A/P met online with the representatives of regional offices of the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) to discuss future collaboration with them. 


Dr. Mikuriya Secretary General promote SIEs Initiative with UN Ambassadors 
29 June 2021, Bangkok Thailand by online

At the invitation of Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), HE Mr. Satyendra Prasad, leading the UN Pacific Group, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General have the briefing meeting of WCO Small Island Economies (SIEs) Initiative with 16 Ambassadors and Representatives to the UN of Small Island States from the Pacific region and Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P attend the meeting held on 28 June 2021. 


ROCB A/P attended the bilateral meeting with US-ASEAN Business Council 
22 June 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of US-ASEAN Business Council, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P participated a bilateral meeting held virtually on 22 June 2021. Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, Ms Sherman Yu also joined the meeting to provide support. 


ROCB A/P attended the 10th ASEAN World Customs Organization (WCO) Consultation at the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors- General of Customs 
10 June 2021, online, Bangkok Thailand

At the invitation of the ASEAN Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P attended the 10th ASEAN – World Customs Organization (WCO) Consultation at the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors- General of Customs virtually held on 10 June 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Sherman YU, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P also attended. 


The WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Virtual Workshop on Canines 
8-10 June 2021, Online workshop hosted by ROCB AP

The WCO Asia/Pacific regional Virtual Workshop on Canines was held from 8 June to 10 June 2021. The Workshop was hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 


ROCB A/P promotes WCO Instruments on Disaster Relief at the ASEAN Logistics EXPO 
24 May 2021, Online, Bangkok

At the invitation of the Humanitarian and Emergency Logistics Innovation Expo (HELIX), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P delivered the presentation about WCO instruments on disaster relief on behalf of the WCO. 


WCO Free Zone Virtual Workshop for Asia/Pacific Region 
26-28 April 2021, Online Workshop

The WCO Free Zone Virtual Workshop for Asia/Pacific Region was held from 26 to 28 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China) and hosted by ROCB A/P. 


The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Online Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
19-21 April 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Online Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was held 19 to 21 April 2021. The Workshop was organized by the WCO under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


ROCB A/P attends the WCO A/P 22nd Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference 
6-7 April 2021, Online

The WCO A/P 22nd Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) was held online from 6 to 7 April organized by the Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia as Vice Chair. 


The WCO Regional Virtual Workshop on Data Analytics for AP 
30 March – 1 April 2021, Online workshop hosted by ROCB AP

The WCO regional Virtual Workshop on Data Analytics for AP region was held from 30 March to 1 April 2021. The Workshop was hosted by the ROCB A/P in close cooperation with the WCO under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Online Experience-Sharing Workshop on Disruptive Technologies 
22-24 March 2021, Online Workshop

The WCO Asia/Pacific (AP) Regional Online Experience-Sharing Workshop on Disruptive Technologies was held from 22 to 24 March 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China). 


ROCB A/P celebrate opening new building of Thai Customs Academy 
16 March 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Director-General of Thai Customs Department, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Opening Ceremony of New Building of Customs Academy. 


ROCB A/P attends the Maritime Stakeholder Meeting “Countering wildlife trafficking and other illicit trade through Thai seaports and maritime supply chains” 
9-10 March 2021, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Royal Thai Customs, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, and Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager of ROCB A/P attended the Maritime Stakeholder Meeting “Countering wildlife trafficking and other illicit trade through Thai seaports and maritime supply chains” held from 9 to 10 March 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P joined the 12th Capacity Building Committee 
22 - 24 February 2021

The 12th Capacity Building Committee (CBC) was held on 22 to 24 February 2021 in a virtual manner. Approximately 300 delegates from Member administrations including other international organizations participated. From ROCB A/P, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head, Ms. Yuko Mamiya, Program Manager, Ms. Pavida Boonmun, Assistant Program Manager and Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, Program Coordinator also attended. 


16th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures 
18-19 February 2021

Given consideration to the severe adverse impact of COVID-19 in the world, the 16th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures was convened virtually on 18-19 February 2021, based at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 


The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Master Trainer Programme (MTP) Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific Islands 
26 January 2021, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-Regional Master Trainer Programme (MTP) Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific Islands was held on 26 January 2021 by online. The Meeting was organized by the WCO, JICA and ROCB A/P. 


WCO First Online Regional Workshop on E-Commerce for the Asia-Pacific Region 
12-15 January 2021, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The first WCO Online Workshop on E-Commerce for the Asia-Pacific Region was held from 12 to 15 January 2021. The Workshop was organized by WCO under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China). 


ROCB A/P attends WCO Global Free Zone Online Conference 
14 December 2020

The first WCO Global Free Zone Online Conference was convened virtually on 14 December 2020 at the WCO Headquarters with support of the Government of Japan. 


ROCB A/P appreciate for the Host Administration 
Bangkok Thailand, 9 December 2020

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P conveyed his deepest appreciation to Thai Customs Department as the host administration of ROCB A/P since it established in 2004 for their long standing and generous supports to ROCB A/P and its capacity building activity for Asia Pacific Members at the collaboration learning event which is named Thank Thai Workshop on 9 December 2020. 


The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Organizational Performance Measurement for the Asia-Pacific region 
01-04 December 2020, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Organizational Performance Measurement for the Asia-Pacific region was held 1 to 4 December 2020. 


The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Supply Chain Continuity in time of COVID-19 for the Asia-Pacific region 
30 November-03 December 2020, Online Workshop hosted by WCO

The WCO Virtual Regional Workshop on Disaster Management and Supply Chain Continuity in time of COVID-19 for the Asia-Pacific region was held from 30 November to 3 December 2020. 


ROCB A/P promotes WCO A/P Regional Structures’ Research Function at the 15th WCO Annual PICARD Conference 
26 November 2020, Online Conference hosted by the WCO

WCO 15th Annual PICARD Conference was held by online and Dr. Tong Hua, Programe Manager of the ROCB A/P was joined the session of “Capacity Building and the PICARD Programme” on 26 November 2020 as a selected speaker globally by the WCO PICARD Conference Scientific Board, and which was moderated by WCO Capacity Building Directorate. 


The WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for the Pacific Islands 
23-26 November 2020, Online Workshop hosted by ROCB A/P

The WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for the Pacific Islands was held from 23 to 26 November 2020. 


WCO A/P Joint Session of Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference and Regional Contact Points Meeting 
12 November 2020, Online Meeting Hosted by Vice Chair

The WCO A/P Joint Session of 21st Regional Heads of Customs Administrative Conference (RHCA) and 30th Regional Contact Points (RCP) Meeting were held online on 12 November 2020 organized by the Customs and Excise of the Republic of Indonesia as Vice Chair. 


WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for ASEAN 
2-6 November 2020, Bangkok Thailand

In collaboration with the WCO, the ROCB A/P organized the WCO Sub-regional Virtual Workshop on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) for ASEAN on 2-6 November 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund Japan (CCF/Japan). 


18th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center 
15th October 2020, Online Meeting Hosted by ROCB A/P

The 18th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center was organized and hosted online by ROCB A/P on 15th October 2020. 


ROCB A/P attends the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Postal College (APPC) 
10 September, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of Mr. Lin Hongliang, Secretary General of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, joined the “the Celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Asian-Pacific Postal College (APPC)” at APPU headquarters located in Thailand Post on 10 September 2020. 


ROCB A/P participates the ASEAN DGs – WCO Consultation 
19 August 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Director-General (DG) of Customs Meeting for 2020, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, participated the “ASEAN Customs DGs – WCO Consultation” held virtually on 19 August 2020. 


ROCB A/P joined the Webinar on Capacity Building at the Turning Point: Challenge the Tradition or Embrace Transformation organized by the Indonesian Customs 
12 August 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Indonesian Customs Training Center, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P, and Ms Chloe AU, Program Manager of ROCB A/P, joined the “Webinar on Capacity Building at the Turning Point: Challenge the Tradition or Embrace Transformation” on 12 August 2020 as resource persons. 


WCO/JICA Joint Sub-regional MTP Introductory Webinar for the Pacific Islands 
5 August 2020, Webinar

The WCO/JICA Joint Sub-regional MTP Introductory Webinar for the Pacific Islands was held on 5 August 2020. 


ROCB A/P joined Trade Facilitation Webinar by Indonesia Customs 
30 July 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Directorate General of Customs and Exercise (GDCE), Ministry of Finance of the Republic Indonesia, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of the ROCB A/P joined the Webinar on Trade facilitation and the Role of Customs and delivered his keynote speech. 


ROCB A/P Congratulates Indonesia Customs as New Vice Chair 
15 July 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Directorate General of Customs and Exercise (GDCE), Ministry of Finance of the Republic Indonesia, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P and his colleagues attended the Virtual Launching Event of Vice Chair office by online. 


ROCB A/P joins the WCO Virtual Working Group (VWG) on the review of the Integrity Development Guide (IDG) 
6 April-28 June 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, as the representative of the ROCB A/P, joined the WCO Virtual Working Group (VWG) on the review of the Integrity Development Guide (IDG) for 12 weeks in total between 6 April and 28 June 2020. 


The 11th Capacity Building Committee Meeting 
4-6 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Under the theme “Manage Change Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” the 11th Capacity Building Committee was convened on 4-6 March 2020 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and approximately 180 delegates from Member administrations including non-Member administrations and other international organizations (UN, WTO) attended. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues also attended. 


15th Global Meeting of WCO Regional Structures 
2-3 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium

The 15th Global Meeting of the WCO Regional Structures was convened on 2-3 March 2020 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and delegates from Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCB), Regional Training Centers (RTC), Vice Chairs’ Offices, Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO), Regional Customs Laboratories (RCL) and Regional Dog Training Centers (RDTC) attended. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues also attended 


ROCB A/P attends the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee and Enforcement Committee 
20-21 February, and 24-28 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Tong Hua, Programe Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 19th Session of the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC) (20-21 Feb) and the 40th session of the WCO Enforcement Committee (24-28 Feb) held in Brussels, Belgium respectively. 


WCO Sub-Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Customs Valuation 
20-24 January 2020, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO Asia Pacific Sub-Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Customs Valuation was held on 20-24 January 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


ROCB A/P joins the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products 
15 January 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) held the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products on 14-16 January 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
13-17 January 2020, Suva, Fiji

In collaboration with the WCO and the Fiji Revenue & Customs Service (FRCS), the ROCB A/P organized the WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy on 13-17 January 2020 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


WCO Regional Workshop on AEO 
16-20 December 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO Regional Workshop on raising awareness on the development of regional cooperation and strategy in the context of Authorized Economic Operators(AEO) was held on 16-20 December 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Japan(Japan Customs Training Institute(CTI)), under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


ROCB A/P attends WCO Global Security Conference 
11-12 December 2019, Brussels, Belgium

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO Global Security Conference held on 11-12 December 2019 at Brussels, Belgium. 


ROCB A/P attends the WCO second Global Meeting of Integrity Experts 
16-19 December 2019, Xiamen, China

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the WCO second Global Meeting of Integrity Experts from 16 to 19 December 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Xiamen, China. 


The Head of ROCB A/P pays a formal visit to RTC-China (Shanghai Customs College) 
2-3 December 2019, Shanghai, China

At the invitation of the RTC-China, Shanghai Customs College (SCC), Mr Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, and Dr. Tong Hua, the Program Manager of ROCB A/P, paid a formal visit to SCC from 2 to 3 December 2019. 


ROCB A/P attends the Debriefing of Operation of Thunderball & Demeter V 
26-28 November 2019, Shenzhen, China

The ROCB A/P Head Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto and Programe Manager Dr. Tong hua attended the debriefing on Operation of Thunderball & Demeter V and workshop in Shenzhen from 26 November to 28 November 2019. 


WCO A/P Regional Contact Points Meeting in India 
18-20 November 2019, Puducherry, India

29th WCO A/P Regional Contact Points (RCPs) Meeting was held on 18 November 2019 for a 3-day session in Puducherry, India, organized by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) as Vice Chair. 


31st Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P 
13-15 November 2019 Chiang Mai, Thailand

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Norikazu Kuramoto, the Head of ROCB A/P, and Ms Chloe Au, the Program Manager of ROCB A/P, attended the 31st Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points (NCP) of RILO A/P held on 13-15 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P participates in UN SEA of Solutions Conference 2019 and witnesses Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards 2019 in Bangkok 
11-14 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P participated in UN SEA of Solutions Conference 2019 in Bangkok on the 11 to 14 of November 2019 as a representative of the WCO and its environmental team. 


ROCB A/P promotes WCO Instruments and Tools on HRM and Training Management among Customs Attachés based in China 
7-8 November 2019, Jinan, China

At the invitation of the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs Attachés’ Club (CAC) Seminar on Human Resource Management (HRM) and Training Management, as a resource person and WCO Accredited Expert on HRM, in Jinan City of Shandong Province, China from 7th November to 8th November, 2019. 


ROCB A/P attends the 14th edition of the annual WCO PICARD Conference 
22-24 October 2019, Skopje, North Macedonia

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with more than 240 delegates from international organizations, think tanks, academia and Customs administrations participated in the WCO 14th Annual PICARD Conference which took place in Skopje, North Macedonia, from 22 to 24 October 2019. 


ROCB A/P introduces the WCO Instruments and Tools on Risk Management and Pre-Arrival Processing to Combodia Customs representatives in Thailand 
15-16 October 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the ARISE Plus Cambodia project, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Study Tour on Pre-Arrival Processing (PAP) and Risk Management (RM) of Cambodian Customs Officials to Thailand held on from 15 to 16 October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Vanuatu Customs 
2-4 October 2019, Port Vila, Vanuatu,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 2 to 4 October 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Customs and Inland Revenue of Vanuatu. 


WCO Global Canine Forum in Melbourne 
1-3 October 2019, Melbourne, Australia

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Fifth WCO Global Canine Forum held on 1-3 October 2019 at Melbourne, Australia. 


Meeting with the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Intelligence Liaison Office 
27 September 2019, Seoul, Korea

To strengthen the connection and collaboration between the two WCO regional offices in implementing the WCO strategies and policies in the Asia/Pacific region, Mr Norikazu KURAMOTO, Head of ROCB A/P, lead his team to meet Mr. LEE Min-gun, Head of RILO A/P, and his officials on 27 September 2019 in Seoul, Korea. 


17th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center 
25-26 September 2019, Cheonan, Korea

The 17th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center (RTC) was successful convened on 25-26 September 2019 at the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) in Cheonan, Korea. 


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Small Islands Economies for the Pacific 
10-14 September 2019, Suva, Fiji

WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Small Island Economies (SIEs) was held on 10-14 September 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, with sponsorship of the Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF), Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), Commonwealth, The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC). 


ROCB A/P supports Indonesia Customs in developing human resources 
12-14 September 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

At the invitation of Indonesia Customs and Excise education and training center and Corporate University of Ministry of Finance (PKN STAN), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as resource person and guest speaker. 


The Head of ROCB A/P Paid a Courtesy Call on UN Partners 
21 August 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

For further enhancing relationship and partnership, on 21 August 2019, Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of the ROCB A/P, with his colleagues paid a courtesy call on the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Indonesia Customs 
25 and 26 July 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on 25 and 26 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Indonesia Customs. 


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Timor-Leste Customs 
22 and 23 July 2019, Dili, Timor-Leste,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Dili, Timor-Leste, on 22 and 23 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with Timor-Leste Customs. 


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Tonga Customs 
18 and 19 July 2019, Nuku'alofa, Tonga,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on 18 and 19 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Ministry of Revenue and Customs of Tonga. 


ROCB A/P contributes to develop the ASEAN Guidelines for Detecting and Preventing Wildlife Trafficking 
9-10 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The 2nd Regional Workshop on Developing ASEAN Guidelines for Detecting and Preventing Wildlife Trafficking was hosted by the Royal Forest Department of Thailand and jointly organized by the ASEAN Secretariat with USAID and US-ASEAN on 9-10 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand, with the financial support of USAID. 


ROCB A/P shares good practices on training management with RTC Khmelnytskyi 
1-4 July 2019, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

At the invitation of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as a resource person, joined the Training Management workshop held from 1 to 4 July 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) & the WCO Regional Dog Training Center(RDTC) in Khmelnytskyi, Ukriane. 


WCO Follow Up Mission on People Development Plan of the BCED 
18-20 June 2019, Nassau, Bahamas

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, from 18-20 June 2019, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, with other experts from the WCO worked together with their counterparts in the Bahamas Customs and Excise Department (BCED) to review the administration’s Human Resource Management (HRM) and training approaches at the BCED Headquarter in Nassau, Bahamas. 


Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region 
10-13 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region was held on 10-13 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand with the financial support of the United States. 


28th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General of Customs 
12 June 2019, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Mr. Ricardo Trevino, Deputy Secretary General (DSG) of the WCO, to attend the 28th Meeting of the ASEAN DGs of Customs, which was held on 12 June 2019 in Vientiane, Lao PDR 


ROCB A/P introduces the work progress of the Comprehensive Review of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) at FIATA Region A/P Field Meeting 
10 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P participated in and contributed to the 13th FIATA Region Asia/Pacific (RAP) Field Meeting held on 10 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, to which about 60 representatives from FIATA members attended. 


ROCB A/P spoke about the WCO Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards to business representatives in Thailand 
6 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand


At the invitation of the Royal Thai Embassy in Belgium, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Thailand – European Union Seminar on E-Commerce and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) held on 6 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


ROCB A/P highlights the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-commerce at Asia Pacific Postal College 
5 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P, as a guest speaker, contributed to the Workshop on Network Innovation for China Express Sector in ASEAN Countries, which was held from 29 May to 5 June 2019 at the Asian-Pacific Postal College in Bangkok, Thailand. 


WCO Asia Pacific Security Conference 
28-30 May 2019, Kyoto, Japan

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO Asia Pacific Security Conference held on 28-30 May 2019 at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan. 


WCO Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Technical and Operational Advisors on IPR 
27-31 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Under the sponsorship of the CCF/Japan, the WCO Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Technical and Operational Advisors (TOA) on IPR was held on 27 - 31 May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Workshop as a facilitator along with two facilitators from the WCO Secretariat. 


5th Meeting of the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-border Electronic Data Exchange 
14-16 May 2019, Xiamen, China

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended 5th Meeting of the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-border Electronic Data Exchange held on 14 - 16 May 2019 in Xiamen, China. 


21st Oceania Customs Organisation Annual Conference 
13-15 May 2019, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

At the invitation of Mr. Jose C. Mafnas, Director of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Customs Service cum Chairman of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 21st OCO Annual Conference, which was held on 13-15 may 2019 in Saipan, CNMI, along with Mr. Ricardo Trevino, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO. 


20th WCO A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference 
8-10 May 2019, Kochi, India

20th WCO A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was convened on 8-10 May 2019 in Kochi, India, in which more than 80 delegates from 19 Member administrations participated. 


WCO/JICA IPR Benchmarking Study for East African Revenue Authorities to Thailand 
7, 8 and 10 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Under the WCO/JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) project, a total of 11 officers from five revenue authorities of the East African Community (EAC), namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, and two representatives from EAC Secretariat visited Thailand for a benchmarking study on IPR and Customs Control on 7, 8 and 10 May 2019. 


10th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee 
8-10 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

10th Session of the WCO Capacity Building was convened on 8-10 April 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 


14th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs, RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices 
4-5 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

14th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs, Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice Chairs’ Offices was convened on 4-5 April 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Non–Intrusive Instrument equipment and Automated Threat Recognition 
1-5 April 2019, Shanghai, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), organized the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Non–Intrusive Instrument (NII) equipment and Automated Threat Recognition on 1-5 April 2019 at the new international training facility of the WCO Regional Training Center in Shanghai, China under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF/China). 


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Risk and Compliance Management for the Pacific 
18-22 March 2019, Suva, Fiji

The WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Risk and Compliance Management for the Pacific was held on 18-22 March 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


ROCB A/P continuously focuses on the Environmental topics of the WCO Enforcement Committee 
11-15 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with other more than 200 Customs Delegates participated in the 38th Session of the WCO Enforcement Committee(EC) which took place in Brussels from 11 to 15 March 2019 under the theme ”SMART Customs: Knowledge-based Customs Enforcement”. 


ROCB attends the 6th Meeting between the GDCE of Cambodia and Developing Partners 
5 March 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At the invitation from the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) of Cambodia, Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 6th meeting between the GDCE and their development partners held on 5 March 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 


WCO Regional Workshop on Training Management 
4-8 March 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Training Management on 4-8 March 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Japan, i.e. Japan Customs Training Institute (CTI) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department 
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. 


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce 
26 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD, Thailand), Dr. Tong hua, Program manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the ITD Regional Workshop on Digital Trade and Future Commerce held on 25-28 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a guest speaker. 


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Macao Customs 
26-27 February 2019, Macao, China

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Macao, China, on 26-27 February 2019 for an informal policy dialogue with Macao Customs Service executives. 


WCO AP High-Level Regional Seminar on Data Analytics for Customs 
25-28 February 2019, Incheon, Korea

The WCO organized the WCO A/P High-Level Regional Seminar on Data Analytics for Customs on 25-28 February 2019 in Incheon, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the WCO Members’ application of data analytics to their current risk management practices and provide some food-for-thought for their effective use of open source data and tools for data visualization. 


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 
21-25 January 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Japan Customs, organized the A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing on 21-25 January 2019 at the Japan Customs Training Institute in Kashiwa, Japan, under the financial support of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


WCO National Workshop on Risk Management for Thailand 
The WCO organized the National Workshop on Risk Management on 21-25 January 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


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