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


15-18 May 2017, RTC Japan, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P, organized the WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy on 15-18 May 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. 

17 May 2017, Bali, Indonesia

In response to the request by the WCO Secretariat and at the invitation by Indonesia Customs, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, spoke at the Dialogue Session between the WCO and ASEAN Directors General (DGs) held as part of the ASEAN DGs Meeting on 17 May 2017 in Bali (Denpasar), Indonesia, in the capacity of a WCO representative. 

3-4 May 2017, Guam, USA

19th Annual Conference of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) was convened on 2-5 May 2017 in Guam, the USA, and approximately 60 delegates, including observers representing the OCO’s partner organizations, including the WCO, attended. 

19-28 April 2017, CheonAn Korea

The WCO and the UNESCAP organized the Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and Single Window so called the 3rd UNNExT MASTERCLASS 2017 on 19-28 April 2017 in Seoul and CheonAn City, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea). 

25-27 April 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

On 25-27 April, the WCO Regional Strategic Workshop on the WCO Security Program has organized in Jakarta, Indonesia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

20 March 2017, Melaka, Malaysia

WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Advance Ruling and Origin Certification for ASEAN Member Countries was conducted on 20-24 March 2017 at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD). 

20 March 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Union of Myanmar

WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, visited the Union of Myanmar to meet Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Nay Pyi Taw and call for high-level political support for further enhancing cooperation among the border control agencies, including Customs, with a view to facilitating legitimate trade and strengthening the country’s resilience to the terrorism and transnational organized crime. 

14 March 2017, Suva, Fiji

The 18th WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was held in Suva, Fiji. 

 Special Topics

19 May 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid courtesy visits to the offices of Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, who was recently confirmed as new Principal Advisor of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), also Mr. Seree Thaijongrak, newly appointed Deputy Director General of the TCD 

5 May 2017, Thai Customs Department

Upon a kind invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), staff members of the ROCB A/P attended a farewell ceremony for Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the TCD held at its Headquarters. 

1-3 April 2017, Chiang Rai, Thailand

At the generous invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues along with Bangkok-based JICA Expert and Korea Customs Attaché, visited Customs Houses in Chiang Rai Province of Thailand, which is located in so-called “Golden Triangle” for a study visit program organized by Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the TCD, and the Thai Customs Academy. 

On 28 March 2017

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Auychai Kultipmontre, newly appointed Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), at his office and extended their compliments for DDG Auychai’s appointment and undertaking important responsibilities, including ICT Department and Trade Incentive Program. 

 Guest Visits

17 May 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

5 Azerbaijan officers including the Major-General, Mr. Baba Salayev, the Head of the Main Office for Combating Offenses in the Customs sphere, State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan and 5 Uzbekistan officers including Mr. Oybek Zayniddinov, the Head of the Main Department of Customs Control, State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan visited the ROCB A/P together on 17 May 2017 during the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme Study Visit in Thailand. 

24 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 24 February 2017, Mr. Hideharu Tanaka, Director of Japanese Foreign Ministry and current Vice Chairperson of the WCO Finance Committee, visited the ROCB A/P in the margin of his business trip to Bangkok. 

 Staff Updates

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