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


5-9 February 2018, Seoul, Korea

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Korea Customs Service (KCS), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) and Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRA) from 5 February to 9 February 2018 in Seoul, Korea, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the implementation of AEO and achievement of MRA negotiations in Asia and Pacific Region. 

1 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 1 February 2018, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted the stakeholders meeting on a proposal for a strengthened Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste in the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 

26 January 2018, Suva, Fiji

At the invitation of Mr. Visvanath Das, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined the International Customs Day ceremony held at the FRCS Headquarters in Suva, Fiji, as chief guest. 

22-26 January 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan

At the invitation of International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, ROCB A/P Program Manager, participated in the International Academic Seminar held at the ROCB European Building from 22 January to 26 January 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

22-26 January 2018, Suva, Fiji

WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Mercator Program Advisors (MPAs) was held at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, on 22- 26 January 2018 with funding support of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea). 

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, Suva, Fiji

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), organized the WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceania Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy from 4 December to 8 December 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Suva, Fiji. 

 Special Topics

1 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service (KCS) on cooperation regarding a short-term attachment program was signed on 1 February. 

26 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day held on 26 January 2018 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand 

 Guest Visits

30 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The delegation from the Asia and the Pacific representation Office of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Dr. Hirofumi Kugita and Dr. Jing Wang, visited the ROCB A/P on 30 January 2018 to discuss the ROCB A/P’s possible contribution to the upcoming OIE Seminar to be held in March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

13 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Korea Customs Service (KCS) delegation, headed by Mr. Kim Ik-Heon, Deputy Director of Bilateral Cooperation Division, visited the ROCB A/P on 13 December 2017 to discuss a framework for reinvigorating future cooperation between the KCS and the ROCB A/P, including a short-term attachment program in the future. 

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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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