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’s Contribution to Sustainable Development

International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) in Ljubljana has been involved in the programmes related to sustainable development, ecology and integrated coastal area management and is actively developing programmes in these areas as well as the programme related to climate change technology (CC-TAP). That will bring together clean technology businesses, academia and governments with the aim of transferring and deploying clean technologies for the benefit of Least Developed Countries (LDC) in their effort to adapt to climate change..

Within the international MBA programme of ICPE and Faculty of Economics (Ljubljana) in cooperation with the Institute Jožef Štefan (IJS), Ljubljana the module on Sustainable Development Management (SDM) has been one of the elective modules since the academic year 1999-2000. The SDM module course comprised 4 subjects viz. Integrated Coastal Area Management, Biodiversity and Environmental Health, New Materials and Clean Tech. Management and Global & Local Aspects of Sustainable Development. As a part of this capacity building efforts the CC-TAP will include a Green MBA programme focusing on adaptation and mitigation project management. One of the important activities that ICPE organized jointly with UNIDO was the conference on the pollution of the waters in the Danube river basin by tanning industries.

Integrated coastal area management programme (ICAM) started with an international conference on this subject, where the related UN agencies and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) in Malta have been intensively involved. ICPE assisted the Marine Biology Station in Piran to become one of the regional centres within the IOI network. In cooperation with University of Delaware and NATO, Scientific Division ICPE organized a transatlantic conference on policies related to integrated management of coastal areas. Currently ICPE is developing an international regional development programme where the focus will be on transport and economic cooperation in the Danube and Sava river basin on one side and on the other in the Adriatic region.

ICPE has been a lead partner in the projects on regional development with a strong sustainable development component (environment, energy, entrepreneurship, transport) in the Soča river basin as well as in the Slovene Istria.

Recently ICPE has been developing a Green MBA in cooperation with the IJS. The programme is aiming at a new generation of project managers from all over the world, particularly from LDC, in the field of Climate Change adaptation and mitigation.