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 is launching a Green MBA and the Global programme of generic eco-technologies exchange (CC TAP)

While in Copenhagen negotiations for a global climate agreement are entering its final phase the ICPE, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and in cooperation with local and international partners, is launching two new actions for the post-Copenhagen era.

As an intergovernmental organisation with its headquarter in Ljubljana and involving member states from four contents the ICPE will, in early 2010, present two international programmes from the field of climate change, which will unite the efforts of governments, enterprises, the academic and civil sphere.

Green MBA

The first programme also known as Green MBA is a new path taken within the already existing postgraduate programme of eco-technology on the Institute Jožef Štefan. The ICPE will, in cooperation with the International postgraduate school Jožef Štefan, start with the course in autumn 2010. The programme is aiming at a new generation of project managers from all over the world, particularly from developing countries, in the field of Climate Change adaptation and mitigation. The new programme will combine leading lecturers from Europe, USA, Latin America, Asia and Africa with a highly innovative and one of the most intensive curriculums.

Green MBA is enjoying wide support from organisations such as the International academy of science of developing countries, the United Nations and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) with its 700 researchers, lead by the Nobel Prize winner Dr Pachauri, and will make Slovenia the international centre for education in this field.


The second programme CC TAP (Climate Change Technology Advancement Programme) is designed for the building-up of a market-network for the international generic eco-technologies and knowledge exchange from the field of Climate Change adaptation and mitigation.