Farewell Celebration for WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya

25 December 2023

December 2023, the World Customs Organization (WCO) marked a significant moment as Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, who is concluding his term on 31 December 2023, hosted a farewell event for the staff of the WCO Secretariat and Customs attachés from Brussels-based embassies. The gathering was a tribute to Dr. Mikuriya's tenure and achievements. His farewell speech, encapsulating his experiences and insights, is accessible here.

The event also featured a heartfelt farewell address by Mr. Kristian Vanderwaeren, Director General of Belgian Customs. Representing the host administration of the WCO, Mr. Vanderwaeren commended Dr. Mikuriya's significant contributions to the international Customs community and extended his best wishes to him and his family for their future endeavours.

The celebration was attended by over 200 participants, who were treated to an engaging musical performance by the Belgian Customs band. The evening was further enhanced by a selection of Japanese cuisine and beverages, thoughtfully provided by Dr. Mikuriya and his team, adding a personal touch to the event.

The farewell event provided an opportunity for colleagues and counterparts to express their appreciation for Dr. Mikuriya's leadership and to reflect on his impact within the WCO community. It highlighted the collaborative spirit and professional respect that define the Organization.