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Message From ROCB Asia/Pacific

Welcome to the ROCB A/P website!


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P) was established in September 2004 as the first ROCB aiming at coordinating and improving the Customs capacity building activities in line with the WCO’s regionalization approach. 


Environment surrounding the Customs operation is very diverse and evolving consistently. Stage of Customs modernization varies from one WCO Member administration to another. Administration’s priority varies as well.  In tandem with the development in ICT, expansion of global trading system as well as continued changes in business practices for international transactions of the goods, Customs administrations in the Asia/Pacific region are striving for its reform and modernization to provide due dividends accrued to the nations. Region’s capacity building activities conducted by the ROCB A/P are categorized based on 4 pillars of its objectives, namely: (i) To support the implementation of the WCO Conventions, instruments and tools; (ii) To further enhance collaboration with development partners; (iii) To improve needs analysis, planning, delivery and management of regional capacity building activities; and (iv) To enhance communication and information sharing among Members administrations.


This website is to provide some of the snapshots on the Customs capacity building activities in the Asia/Pacific region and continue communication with the regional Member and development partners. 


Above activities cannot be pursued by the ROCB A/P alone and, in fact, it requires the region’s commitment and cooperation with great leadership of the Regional Vice Chair and the support from the Regional Training Centers as well as the region’s experts in various domains. In this regard, the ROCB A/P would like to call for continued commitment and support of these stakeholders. At the same time, the ROCB A/P expresses its sincere appreciation to the donor administrations and development partners for generous funding for these capacity building activities coordinated by the ROCB A/P.


Kazunari IGARASHI 

Head of the ROCB A/P

Latest News


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. 

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). 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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25 January 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day Celebration event organized by the TCD on 25 January 2019. 

Contribution by Mr. Seong-Man LIM
Director General of CBCTI, Korea Customs Service (KCS) 

 Guest Visits

13-14 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The delegation of 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. 

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I’m Chloe AU from Hong Kong Customs. I’m so glad and happy to join the ROCB A/P, a renowned regional office of capacity building in the world. 

Time really flies. A two-year tenure at the ROCB A/P is going to be finished very soon and my last working day will be on 15 March 2019. 

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