Welcome to ICPE

Until this day, ICPE remains the sole intergovernmental organization headquartered in Slovenia. More than 40 years ago, on 24 April 1974, ICPE was founded as the International Center for Public Enterprises in Developing Countries by the Government of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, following the initiative of the United Nations (UN) and with strong support of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and personal commitment of Academician Mr. Anton Vratuša, PhD, the then Vice-President of the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia.

It was a time of enthusiasm, emerging new states in the wake of decolonization and an orientation towards the “New International Economic Order”, which would strive to reach fair and economically balanced relations between the “developed” and the “developing” worlds. Strong and efficient public enterprises proved to be one of the key pillars of good governance and building of the economies in the relatively fragile and weak countries of the global “South”. ICPE grew on these ideas. Already in 1976, only two years after it was registered as a Yugoslav organization, following the expressed interest of many NAM members, ICPE was transformed officially to an intergovernmental organization of its member states. 30 states and 9 observers were present at the founding conference in March 1976. By the 1980, ICPE had initiated seven successful programs, research, seminars and trainings in the field of public enterprises, some of which were carried out comparatively in several member states and were financially supported by the UN agencies.

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Training programs


ICPE provides training programs for government offices and different public sector institutions, as well as other interested institutions from its member states and beyond. With its vast experience in the field of training and strong connections with different academic, research and business institutions, ICPE is able to provide programs on the most diverse topics.


ICPE meets with Prof. Mohamed H.A. Hassan, TWAS Executive Director

ICPE Director General Dr. Šalej, met in Trieste with Prof. Mohamed H.A. Hassan, TWAS Executive Director and TWAS Programme Officer Dr. Peter McGrath.


The visit was conducted as a mission to establish cooperation with TWAS in a connection with CC-TAP project and its related ‘Green MBA’ program. The primary objective was to see how the ICPE could cooperate with TWAS in most active way to upgrade theirs and ICPE’s activities according to CC-TAP project. Prof. Hassan was keen of idea of training ‘New Generation’ for climate change issues through the Green MBA program and he ensured to promote ICPE organization and ICPE programs in his activities. There were also discussion about the courses, training programs and seminars on a climate change subject in developing countries.


The meeting made clear that the TWAS has a strong interest in long term collaboration with ICPE through joint project, upgrading the TWAS and ICPE’s activities. The meeting had concluded with an agreement about cooperation in the CC-TAP project and Green MBA program.