Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)

Jul 05, 2024

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How CICA was formed?

The idea of convening CICA was first proposed by the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, on 5 October 1992.

The two founding documents of CICA are the Declaration on the Principles Guiding Relations between the CICA Member States adopted at the First Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Almaty on 14 September 1999 and the Almaty Act, charter of CICA, adopted at the First Summit held in Almaty on 4 June 2002. These two documents became the stepping stone towards the future evolution of CICA.

The driving force behind this initiative was the aspiration to set up an efficient structure for ensuring peace and security in Asia. Unlike other regions in the world, Asia did not have such a structure at the time and earlier attempts to create such a platform had not been very successful.



To be a member of CICA, a state must have at least a part of its territory in Asia.

CICA currently has twenty-eight Member States accounting for nearly ninety percent of the territory and population of Asia.

Ten countries and five multi-national organizations, including the United Nations, have observer status.


The CICA Summit is convened every four years in order to conduct consultations, review the progress of, and set priorities for CICA activities.

The CICA Secretariat - administrative body of CICA - is located in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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