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


Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Short description

CICA is a multinational consensus-based forum for enhancing dialogue and cooperation through elaborating multilateral approaches towards promoting peace, security, and stability in Asia.


CICA does not have a regular budget. The Secretariat’s activities are funded through voluntary contributions from member states. Kazakhstan has always been the largest contributor, while Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, South Korea, and Tajikistan are also known to have made contributions. Members whose nationals work at the Secretariat cover their respective salaries and benefits. (The Permanent Secretariat was established in 2006.)

Established in 1999, CICA was formally launched in 2002 with 16 members. Eight additional members have since joined: Thailand (2004), South Korea (2006), Jordan and UAE (2008), Iraq and Vietnam (2010), and Bahrain and Cambodia (2011). A country can join CICA as a member if at least part of its territory is in Asia. Observers include eight states (two of which are from outside Asia: Ukraine and the United States) and three organizations (LAS, the OSCE, and the UN).


24 members (23 are UN member states)

  • Current members*: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Russian Federation, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

CICA members represent:

  • 6 of 9 CIS members
  • 5 of 7 CSTO members (Armenia and Belarus are not CICA members)
  • 5 of 6 EurAsEC members (Belarus is not a CICA member)
  • 6 of 22 LAS members
  • 6 of 6 SCO members

* Information accurate as of 13 June 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Ahmet I . dem Akay
  • Head of Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of the Ministry’s CICA Task Force


PoA-related activities

CICA members recognize the need to curb the excessive and destabilizing accumulation of conventional armaments (1999 Declaration). Underlining the importance of the Firearms Protocol and the PoA, the Almaty Act (2002) sees the illicit trade in small arms as posing ‘a threat to peace and security and is directly linked with terrorist activity, separatist movements, drug trafficking and armed conflicts’. In 2004 CICA members agreed to exchange information on the measures they have taken to curb the illicit small arms trade (Catalogue of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs)). They later reaffirmed their readiness to implement both the PoA and the Catalogue of CBMs (2006 Declaration) and committed to implement the ITI (2010). In 2008 Turkey organized a CICA experts meeting on CBMs and CICA Senior Officials Committee approved an action plan covering border control and management, police-related issues, terrorism, and trafficking issues. This plan provided for the establishment of an NFP network, the holding of regular meetings and training seminars, and information exchange. The implementation of which, however, has been slow. Several member states are still to nominate their respective NFPs, and only Turkey, which organized the first CICA chiefs of police meeting in May 2010, expressed readiness to host events envisaged in the document.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

CICA seeks to establish and expand relations with other organizations. An MoU with EurAsEC provides for cooperation and exchange of information, best practices, and experiences on issues of mutual interest, and are under consideration for SAARC and the SCO. Since 2010 CICA has been participating in OSCE-organized seminars and workshops on terrorism. (Kazakhstan has proposed to establish an OSCE–CICA forum that could become a permanent dialogue platform on the most urgent issues of security and cooperation in Eurasia.)

Legally binding regional instruments

  • None

Other official documents of interest

  • Declaration on the Principles Guiding Relations among the CICA Member States (1999)
  • Almaty Act (2002)
  • CICA Catalogue of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) (2004)


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