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


30-31 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request from the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Inter-Subregional Forum on Enhanced Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) held on 30-31 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a resource speaker, along with Ms. Milena Budimirovic of the WCO Secretariat. 

24-25 October 2018, Shanghai, China
The ROCB A/P convened 16th Meeting of the Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Center (RTC) at the Shanghai Customs College (SCC) on 24-25 October 2018 and 27 delegates from 8 RTCs as well as the WCO Secretariat and the ROCB BA/P participated in it. 

24-25 September 2018, Honiara, Solomon Islands

At the invitation of Ms. Sarah Wickham, Acting Controller of the Solomon Islands Customs, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P as a WCO representative, visited the Solomon Islands to have political dialogues with senior government officials to pave the way for joining the WCO. 

17-21 September 2018, Sydney, Australia

The WCI, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Australian Border Force (ABF), organized the WCO A/P WCO Regional Workshop on Frontline Border Capability against Terrorist Threats on 17-21 September 2018 in Sydney, Australia, under the financial sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

11 September 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

At the requests from the Customs General Administration of Mongolia (CGAM) and the Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the Trade Facilitation International Conference held on 11 September 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, under the support of the World Bank Group International Finance Corporation. 

4-6 September 2018, Solo/Surakarta, Indonesia
At the invitation from the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 30th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points (NCP) of RILO A/P, which was held on 4-6 September 2018 in Solo/Surakarta, Indonesia. 

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8 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 8 November 2018, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid courtesy visits to Mr. Boonthiem Chokevivat and Mrs. Chalida Phungravee, newly appointed Deputy Directors General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) 

12 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 12 October 2018, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to Mr. Krisada Chinavicharana, new Thai Customs Director General. 

By Mr. Wang Lingjun
Vice Minister of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) 

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Presentation Materials

Click here to download the presentation slides for the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar on Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards, 16-17 July 2018, New Delhi, India

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