CICA UPSC [GS-2, International Bodies] – The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) is an inter-governmental forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.
It is a forum based on the recognition that there is close link between peace, security and stability in Asia and in the rest of the world. The key idea of the Conference is based on the priority of the indivisibility of security, joint initiative and mutually beneficial interaction of small and large states.
The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 5 October 1992, at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. On October 5, 2017, the CICA process celebrated its 25th anniversary.
CICA members consist of: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, South Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Nine countries currently registered as CICA reviewers are: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Qatar, Ukraine and the United States.
CICA is chaired by a chairman for 4 (four) years and is assisted by the Secretariat based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
For 2010-2014 the CICA Chair is held by Turkey.
2014-18 by China and 2018 – 2022 by Tajikistan.