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).
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.
The 18th WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was held in Suva, Fiji.
12th Global Meeting of Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Heads of the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice-Chairs’ Offices was convened on 2 and 3 March 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and the delegates discussed a set of important capacity building agenda, including the implementation of the WCO’s Mercator Program, regional strategic plan and the regional donor conferences among other things.
At the invitation from the Fiscal Policy Research Institute Foundation (FPRIF) of Thailand, which is a research institute supporting Thailand’s economic and fiscal management, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the ASEAN Directors General Meeting on Excise Taxation held on 20 February 2017 in Hua Hin, Thailand, as a guest speaker.
On 15 February 2017, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme hosted the 18th meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Environmental Crime (ARPEC) in the UN building in Bangkok, Thailand.
At the invitation of Prof. Aydin Aliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Dr. Tong Hua, ROCB A/P Program Manager, participated in the International Academic Conference held at the Azerbaijan Economic University in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the occasion of International Customs Day and the 25th Anniversary of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
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.
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.
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.