With the aim of implementing the decision of the first CICA summit on creating a secretariat for the CICA, a special working group was established to draw up a draft resolution on the CICA Secretariat and to draw up the financial rules regulating its activity.
The special working group held six meetings in 2004–2006 that resulted in the preparation of a draft Agreement (Statute) on the CICA Secretariat, an integral part of which are the financial rules regulating its activity (framework document).
At the meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials in March 2006, a number of delegations proposed drafting a set of financial regulations that would set out in detail the formation, execution and inspection of the Secretariat’s budget, its staff list, procedures for making voluntary contributions and so on. This proposal was supported by the majority of participants. The outcome was a principled agreement that draft Financial Regulations would be drawn up with the participation of financial experts from all the member countries following the second CICA summit in Almaty on June 17, 2006.
In accordance with the draft Agreement (Statute) on the Secretariat, the secretariat exercises purely administrative and technical functions and has a limited staff (8–10 people), some of whom will be seconded from among the diplomatic personnel of the member states.
Kazakhstan will provide the Secretariat with premises in the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry building in Almaty free of charge.