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CICA Secretary General delivers lecture at Academy of Public Administration under President of Kazakhstan

The Institute of Diplomacy of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan held a lecture of Secretary General of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia Ambassador Kairat Sarybay titled “CICA: relevant issues of activity and development prospects” on 13 January 2023.

Graduate students and the faculty of the Academy had a unique opportunity to delve into the history of CICA, its progressive development from an idea to an effective platform for security dialogue and cooperation in the Asian region. 

The Secretary General elaborated on the major development milestones of the CICA process and the Organization’s key activities in the five dimensions of interaction.

Kairat Sarybay placed special emphasis on the activity of CICA institutions in 2021-2022 – the Business Council, Youth Council, and Think Tank Forum.

The Secretary General focused on the key achievement of the Kazakh Chairmanship – the historic decision of the sixth anniversary CICA Summit held last October in Astana to transform the Conference into a full-fledged international regional organization – and shared the priorities of the Kazakh Chairmanship for the next two years. 

In this context, Ambassador Sarybay highlighted the initiatives of the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev presented during the CICA Summit to establish the Council for Sustainable Connectivity, transform the CICA Finance Summit into a permanent platform, hold the High-Level Conference on Environmental Issues in CICA countries in Astana in 2024, hold the Rally of Leaders of the Volunteer Movements of the CICA countries under the auspices of the Youth Council in 2024, and create a partnership network of leading universities of the CICA Member States.

Following the lecture, Kairat Sarybay answered questions from the audience, wished it further success, and granted the compilation of fundamental CICA documents to the Academy library.

Academy Rector Yerlan Abil and Director of the Institute of Diplomacy Ambassador Alexei Volkov, in turn, thanked the Secretary General for the fruitful meeting and an important contribution to the education of the younger generation, as well as expressed hope for further interaction between the CICA Secretariat and the Institute of Diplomacy.