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


17-19 April 2018, Busan, Korea

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Korea Customs Service (KCS), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories from 17 April to 19 April 2018 in Busan, Korea, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to enable the sharing of analytical techniques in the A/P region. 

20-23 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation: Implications of Emerging Technologies held from 20 to 23 March 2018 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 

21 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) organized a Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products on 20-22 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

12-15 March 2018, Sydney, Australia

The WCO Regional Workshop on Anti-money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing was held on 12-15 March 2018 in Sydney, Australia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

26 -28 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The 9th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee(CBC) was convened on 26 – 28 February 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

23 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

On the occasion of the 13th Global Meeting of the Heads of the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and the Vice Chairs’ Offices, the ROCB A/P convened the 15th Meeting of the Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers on 23 February 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

 Special Topics

Special Contribution by Mr. Benjamin Malas
Director, Department of Customs & Inland Revenue of Vanuatu 

Contribution by Mr. Jun Tajima
Director of International Cooperation Division, Japan Customs Training Institute

On 7 February 2018, the International Cooperation Division and Trainers of Customs Training Institute of Japan Customs, as known as “CTI” which is the RTC Japan, received the President’s Award of Japan’s National Personnel Agency (NPA). 

 Guest Visits

20 April 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20 April 2018, Mr. Brian Lamb, Customs Counsellor of the New Zealand Embassy in Thailand, and Mr. Daniel Brunt, a successor of Mr. Lamb, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues warmly welcomed them 

4 April 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Dean Sergei Chizhikov and Professor Boris Kabylinskii from the Faculty of Customs Administration and Security of the North-West Institute of Management in Saint Petersburg, Russia, visited the ROCB A/P on 4 April 2018. 

 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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