ASTANA- The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) may come up with a new course promoting security systems for rapidly developing Asian countries, said Bulat Auelbayev, the chief expert of the Almaty branch of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS). ) in an interview with the Zakon news agency on October 4. .
On October 5, the ICCA celebrates 30 years since its creation. The idea of establishing an Asian peace conference was first introduced by the first President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 1992, during the 47th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The sixth CICA summit, which begins next week on October 12 in Astana, will bring together member states and international organizations to discuss cooperative measures to promote peace, security and stability in Asia, and is expected to transform the summit into a fully-fledged international organization.
Kazakhstan, located at the continental junction, has rightly directed its attention to rapidly developing Asian countries, Auelbayev said. “This part of the world [Asia]cradle of ancient cultures and civilizations, is currently a patchwork of political systems, economic models, ideological and religious visions.
According to him, modern Asia already largely determines the direction of the globalization process. The economies of Asian countries are growing at a high rate, but their military potential is also growing. With the general increase in competition for resources, risks of armed conflict are also possible, he said.
“Asian countries have begun to show their will to establish a new, equitable system of international relations and to acquire the characteristics of a post-industrial society. The Asian modernization model has begun to move a number of states out of the Third World category and away from Westernization patterns,” he added.
With the continued shift of global development to Asia, the need for security structures on a large geographical scale is relevant and in demand, Auelbayev said. In this regard, Kazakhstan’s proposal to create its own platform has found wide support.
“The CICA has already become an effective international platform with broad support. An important area of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy remains the promotion of a stable security system,” he said. Today, the CICA is the largest regional intergovernmental forum in Asia with 27 member states, as well as nine countries and five international organizations with observer status.
Addressing the summit’s transformation into an organization, Auelbayev said: “Transformation will be possible given a combination of concurrent factors. For example, most countries on the Asian continent will have to adapt to the conditions of globalization and integrate into global political and economic processes. Unlike Europe, Asia still has many poor states.
The last round of negotiations the mapping of the documents that will transform the summit into a formal organization took place last week.