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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


16 July 2018, New Delhi, India

At the invitation of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Assumption Ceremony of WCO A/P Vice Chair of India, which was held on 16 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, back-to-back with the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar on Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards. Nearly 200 guests, including Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance of India, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, as well as high-level representatives from the A/P regional Member administrations, Indian government authorities and business industry associations, and local media. 

9-13 July 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia

The WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for ASEAN Member States (AMS) on Border Enforcement on Counterfeiting and Piracy was held on 9-13 July 2018 in Langkawi, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

2-6 July 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The second WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor (MPA) Seminar was held at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on 2-6 July 2018 with a view to continuously providing a platform for MPAs to share experiences in their respective missions under the Mercator Program and update the recent developments in the initiatives undertaken by the WCO and its development partners so that the MPAs may provide the down-to-the-earth support in the tailor-made track approach. 

28-30 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium

At the invitation by the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the 132nd Session of the WCO Council, which took place on 28-30 June 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, as an observer. 

25-28 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Inaugural Meeting of Regional Trade Group (RTG) and CAREC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), which were held consecutively on 25-26 June 2018 and 27-28 June 2018 respectively in Bangkok, Thailand. 

20-22 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the UN Environment Ozon Action Asia and Pacific Office, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Risk Profiling Workshop for Customs and Border Control Officers and National Ozone Officers of India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which was held from 20 to 22 June 2018 at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand, as a resource person. 

11-15 June 2018, Nagoya, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) on 11-15 June 2018 at the Nagoya Customs, Japan. This was the first WCO workshop held at the Nagoya Customs. 

11-13 June 2018, Melbourne, Australia

At the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated in the 20th OCO Annual Meeting held on 11-13 June 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, accompanying Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, as an observer. More than 60 delegates from the OCO Member administrations and partner entities, including the WCO, participated 

6-8 June 2018, Lima, Peru

Mr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition (WCO ITC) 2018 held from 6 to 8 June 2018 in Lima, Peru. The WCO ITC discussed the various topics for “Building a Reliable Digital Landscape to Boost Cross-Border Trade”, the theme of this year’s Conference. 

30 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P, participated and contributed to the Workshop for State Post Bureau China on Belt and Road Initiative, which was held on 30 May 2018 at the Asian-Pacific Postal College in Bangkok, Thailand, as a guest speaker. 

15-17 May 2018, Singapore

At the request from the WCO Secretariat and the invitation from the INTERPOL, Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Asian Region Meeting held from 15 to 17 May 2018 in Singapore as a representative of the WCO to discuss joint enforcement against counterfeit and illicit medicines. 

14-18 May 2018, Maseru, Lesotho

At the invitation of WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, the ROCB A/P Program Manager, joined the WCO Seminar on Training Strategy and Simplified Human Resource Management (HRM) Diagnostic Study held from 14 May to 18 May 2018 at the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) Training Center in Maseru, Lesotho, as chief expert. 

14-17 May 2018, Sigatoka, Fiji

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), who is currently assuming the role of the WCO A/P Regional Vice Chair, convened the 19th Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference on 14-17 May 2018 in Sigatoka, Fiji, and more than 50 delegates from the regional Member administrations and observers from the WCO Secretariat as well as RILO A/P and ROCB A/P participated in this high-level regional conference. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Conference. 

 Special Topics

By Sopagna SENG
Deputy Chief of Bureau
General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia 

4 July 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues participated in the TCD’s 144th Anniversary Ceremony held on 4 July 2018 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and renewed existing close friendship with them. 

E-Learning in Thai Customs by Mr. Prawat Chuenchavalit Expert on Human Resource Development Thai Customs Department 

On 10 May 2018, the Shanghai Customs College (SCC), a WCO Regional Training Center, has become an accredited institution offering the Master’s Degree of Taxation and Public Administration. On 10 April, its Bachelor Program of Customs Administration (BCA) has been recognized by the WCO Secretariat within the framework of the PICARD Program. 

 Guest Visits

19 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Keiichi Tatsumi, departing Customs Attaché of Japan, and Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi, successor of Mr. Tatsumi, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P on 19 June 2018. 

7 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Rosalind Y. McKenzie, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), visited the ROCB A/P on 7 June 2018 to discuss continuous cooperation and collaboration between the ADB and the ROCB A/P under the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program. 

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