The Fifth CICA Summit, presided by H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, was held in Dushanbe on 15 June 2019 with participation of member states, observer states and international organizations and one partner organization. The People’s Republic of China passed on the CICA Chairmanship to the Republic of Tajikistan for the period 2018-2020 during the First CICA Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers, held in New York on 24 September 2018. Tajikistan became the fourth Chairman of CICA after Kazakhstan, Turkey and China.
The Fifth Summit gathered the largest ever participation by the Heads of State and Government. Fifteen Heads of State and Government participated in the Summit besides other high level dignitaries including Vice-President, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors.
At the Summit, participating leaders expressed their views on topics such as security situation in Asia and measures to promote CICA dialogue, trust and coordination. In his keynote address, H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon presented his vision of cooperation, emphasizing on security, environment and further development of the region. Speaking about environmental issues, H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon stated that nearly thousand glaciers melted over 40-year period. Such degradation process would negatively affect water resources of Central Asia, 60% of which are formed in the territory of Tajikistan.
The Summit adopted a declaration espousing its theme "Shared Vision of Secure and More Prosperous CICA Region". The declaration reflected CICA’s stand and views on important issues of security and cooperation in Asia including terrorism, disarmament, illicit drugs, organized transnational crime, food and energy security, human rights, information and communication technology, environment as well as situation in Afghanistan and Middle East. The declaration also outlined the personal role and significant contribution in the elaboration of CICA prospects, made by the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Mr.Nursultan Nazarbayev, as the Founder of CICA. The declaration also reiterated commitment of the member states to carry forward the CICA process and reaffirmed the importance of implementing agreed confidence building measures in all dimensions.