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

 Workshops/Meetings

12 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Workshop on Trade and Trade Facilitation Reforms, which was held on 12 December 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. 


4-8 December 2017, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Risk Management and Post Seizure Analysis from 4 December through 8 December 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, with sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


The GTI Secretariat organized a Trade Facilitation Workshop from 28 to 30 November 2017 in Cheonan, Korea, in cooperation with Korea Customs Service(KCS) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea(CCF/Korea) to support the realization of trade facilitation in the Northeast Asia through the promotion of the AEO programs. 


21-23 November 2017, Hong Kong, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Hong Kong Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Cyber Investigation and Digital Forensics in Hong Kong, China from 21 to 23 November 2017 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. This workshop was the second of its kind organized in Hong Kong, China. 


6-10 November 2017, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in close cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement(TFA) on 6-10 November 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 


6-7 November 2017, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation from the WCO Secretariat and Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO A/P Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO A/P)’s 30th Anniversary Ceremony held on 6 November 2017 in Seoul, Korea. More than 130 guests from the WCO Member administrations around the world, other RILO and international organisations attended the Ceremony. 

 Special Topics

1 October 2017, Faridabad, India

At the invitation from NACEN Director General, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the first NACIN Launching Day, which was held coincidently with the passing out ceremony for the 67th batch IRS officials, on 1 October 2017 at the NACIN, formerly named NACEN, one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers. 

 Guest Visits

20 October 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20 October 2017, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P invited Bangkok-based Australian Border Force Attachés, Mr. David Ness and Mr. Vince Shaw, for a lunch meeting to appreciate their continued support for the ROCB A/P’s daily work, in particular in linguistic tune-ups for the Office’s publications such as E-Newsletters and Annual Reports. 


5 October 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Robert Thommen, a newly assigned US/CBP Attaché to Thailand, made a friendly visit to the ROCB A/P along with his colleague at the US Embassy, Ms. Maysa Chanikornpradit, Program Management Specialist, on 5 October 2017 on the occasion of his courtesy visit to Thai Customs Director General at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters. 

 Staff Updates

Dear Fellows,

I am Hong-Young JO from Korea Customs. It’s my pleasure and honor to be part in WCO ROCB A/P Team. 


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