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


6-10 November 2017, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in close cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement(TFA) on 6-10 November 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

6-7 November 2017, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation from the WCO Secretariat and Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO A/P Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO A/P)’s 30th Anniversary Ceremony held on 6 November 2017 in Seoul, Korea. More than 130 guests from the WCO Member administrations around the world, other RILO and international organisations attended the Ceremony. 

3-7 November 2017, Davao City/Manila, Philippines

At the invitation of the Philippines National Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc, (CCBI), Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as a guest speaker, attended the 27th Annual National Convention of Chamber of Customs Brokers, which was held at SMX Convention Center on 3-4 November 2017 in Davao City, Philippines. 

11-13 October 2017, Cairns, Australia

27th Meeting of the WCO A/P Regional Contact Points was convened on 11-13 October 2017 in Cairns, Australia, which was attended by 47 delegates from 22 Member administrations as well as observer organizations, i.e. WCO Secretariat, the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Meeting as an observer. 

26-28 September 2017, Hammamet, Tunisia

At the invitation of the WCO Research Unit, Dr. Tong hua of the ROCB A/P, attended the 12th WCO Annual PICARD Conference, which ran from 26 to 28 September 2017 in Hammamet, Tunisia. 

25-29 September 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR

WCO National Workshop on Passenger Control for Lao PDR was conducted on 25-29 September 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). 

 Special Topics

1 October 2017, Faridabad, India

At the invitation from NACEN Director General, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the first NACIN Launching Day, which was held coincidently with the passing out ceremony for the 67th batch IRS officials, on 1 October 2017 at the NACIN, formerly named NACEN, one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers. 

 Guest Visits

20 October 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20 October 2017, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P invited Bangkok-based Australian Border Force Attachés, Mr. David Ness and Mr. Vince Shaw, for a lunch meeting to appreciate their continued support for the ROCB A/P’s daily work, in particular in linguistic tune-ups for the Office’s publications such as E-Newsletters and Annual Reports. 

5 October 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Robert Thommen, a newly assigned US/CBP Attaché to Thailand, made a friendly visit to the ROCB A/P along with his colleague at the US Embassy, Ms. Maysa Chanikornpradit, Program Management Specialist, on 5 October 2017 on the occasion of his courtesy visit to Thai Customs Director General at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters. 

 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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