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Speeches by the Secretary General


SGDr. Kunio Mikuriya has been Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) since 1 January 2009. He provides leadership and executive management for the global Customs community’s priorities, including developing global Customs instruments, standards and tools; securing and facilitating global trade; protecting taxable amounts through optimal revenue collection; building Customs-business partnerships; and delivering capacity building in support of Customs reform and modernization.

Prior to joining the WCO, he worked for Japan's Ministry of Finance for 25 years. During his career with the Ministry, Dr. Mikuriya occupied a variety of senior posts, which have given him broad experience and knowledge in Customs, trade, development, budget, and financial policies. He served as Director of Enforcement where he led efforts to fight illicit trade, then as Director of Research and International Affairs, paving the way for the conclusion of Japan’s first regional trade agreement, and then as a Counsellor in the Tariff and Customs Bureau. He also served as Director of Salaries and Allowances to coordinate remuneration levels for the entire government workforce, and as the Budget Controller for Foreign Affairs, Official Aid, International Trade and Industry, in the Budget Bureau. In addition, he spent time as a Counsellor at the Japanese Mission to the WTO in Geneva and participated in the GATT Uruguay Round trade negotiations.

Dr. Mikuriya has a degree in law from the University of Tokyo (Japan) and a PhD in international relations from the University of Kent (United Kingdom).

Latest speeches

Date Event Title Venue
1 December 2022 EU Round Table Bringing continents together: supporting new visions and opportunities for sustainable transport connectivity between Europe and Asia
European Parliament
29 November 2022 2022 Asian Development Bank Institute Annual Conference: Fostering Resilient Global Supply Chains Amid Risk and Uncertainty Keynote Speech “Challenges for resilient global supply chains”
7 - 8 November 2022 ASEM High-level Seminar Smart Customs, Smart Borders and Smart Connectivity
15 - 16 August 2022 Ministerial Transport Conference of Landlocked Developing Countries Ashgabat Process: Financing for Better Connectivity
Panel Session 4, “Accelerating digitalization for enhanced transit and trade facilitation and for sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19”

Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan
15 - 16 August 2022 Ministerial Transport Conference of Landlocked Developing Countries Ashgabat Process: Financing for Better Connectivity
Opening Session

Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan
25 July 2022 6th Annual International Conference Georgia Against Counterfeiting and Piracy
Batumi, Georgia
25 July 2022 9th AfCFTA Council of Ministers responsible for Trade Remarks, Opening Session
Accra, Ghana
27 June 2022 Green Customs Global Conference Opening Remarks
Brussels, Belgium
23 June 2022 139th/140th Council Sessions Progress Report on the implementation of the Strategic Plan
Brussels, Belgium
27 May 2022 Forum discussion hosted by the University of Customs and Finance Customs of Ukraine in Conditions of War and Martial Law
Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine