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


14-16 May 2019, Xiamen, China

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended 5th Meeting of the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-border Electronic Data Exchange held on 14 - 16 May 2019 in Xiamen, China. 

13-15 May 2019, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

At the invitation of Mr. Jose C. Mafnas, Director of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Customs Service cum Chairman of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 21st OCO Annual Conference, which was held on 13-15 may 2019 in Saipan, CNMI, along with Mr. Ricardo Trevino, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO. 

8-10 May 2019, Kochi, India

20th WCO A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was convened on 8-10 May 2019 in Kochi, India, in which more than 80 delegates from 19 Member administrations participated. 

7, 8 and 10 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Under the WCO/JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) project, a total of 11 officers from five revenue authorities of the East African Community (EAC), namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, and two representatives from EAC Secretariat visited Thailand for a benchmarking study on IPR and Customs Control on 7, 8 and 10 May 2019. 

8-10 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

10th Session of the WCO Capacity Building was convened on 8-10 April 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

1-5 April 2019, Shanghai, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), organized the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Non–Intrusive Instrument (NII) equipment and Automated Threat Recognition on 1-5 April 2019 at the new international training facility of the WCO Regional Training Center in Shanghai, China under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF/China). 

 Special Topics

Contribution by Ms. Hsu Wai Hnin
Deputy Head of Intellectual Property Section
Myanmar Customs Department 

25 January 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day Celebration event organized by the TCD on 25 January 2019. 

 Guest Visits

13-14 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The delegation of Japan Customs led by Mr. Hiroshi Takami, Deputy Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB), accompanied by Mr. Takahiro Araki, Director for International Cooperation Division of the CTB, and his colleagues, visited the ROCB A/P. 

 Staff Updates

I’m Chloe AU from Hong Kong Customs. I’m so glad and happy to join the ROCB A/P, a renowned regional office of capacity building in the world. 

Time really flies. A two-year tenure at the ROCB A/P is going to be finished very soon and my last working day will be on 15 March 2019. 

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