New and permanent premises of the CICA Secretariat at 26 Bokeykhan, Astana, were inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 28 October 2016. Delegates from the CICA Member States participating in the meetings of Special Working Group (SWG) and Senior Officials Committee (SOC) of CICA and senior officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan attended the inaugural function.
Ambassador Gong Jianwei, Executive Director of the CICA Secretariat thanked the Minister for his personal interest in ensuring timely renovation of the building and smooth relocation from Almaty. He also thanked Ministry of Interior and Municipality of Astana for their assistance in the process of relocation. Ambassador Gong mentioned that this year, the Secretariat is celebrating 10th anniversary of its establishment. He assured the CICA Member States that the Secretariat would continue to work efficiently and serve the CICA process to the best of its abilities.
Minister Idrissov expressed his happiness at the relocation; congratulated the Secretariat on 10th anniversary; and appreciated excellent work done by Ambassador Gong and his team. He recalled the visionary address of H.E. Mr. N. Nazarbayev at the 42nd Session of UN General Assembly at which he proposed establishment of CICA and mentioned that CICA has lived up to its expectations of an effective forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. Minister mentioned that time had come for establishment of fully fledged organization called Organization for Security and Development in Asia and hoped that detailed discussions on the subject will commence soon.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan hosted a reception in the evening to commemorate CICA Day. Reception was attended by the members of diplomatic corps, delegates to the meetings of SWG and SOC and senior government officials.