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.


Symposium on Future Challenges of Public Sector Enterprises, 8 November 2010

On Monday, 8 November 2010, the first high level Symposium on Future Challenges on Public Sector Enterprises was held at ICPE in Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU, premises. The Symposium was organized by ICPE with support of Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana and under the high patronage of the Ministry of Finance, the Republic of Slovenia. After the welcome speech by ICPE DG Dr Štefan Bogdan Šalej, Dr Franc Križanič, Minister of Finance in Slovenian Government officially opened the Symposium. Distinguished moderators and panelists, Ambassador Rubens Ricupero, Mr Peter Harrold, Ms Talent Molaba, Mr Hans Christiansen, Dr Nevenka Hrovatin, Prof. Anil Chandy Ittyerah, Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Dr Rado Bohinc, Ms Anja Strojin Štampar, Mr David Vaillancourt, Mr Franjo Bobinac, Mr P A Athula Kumara, Dr Dejan Erić, Mr Nestor Lopez, Ms Kenna Sikiu Bravo Avila and Dr Peter Kraljič, which represent nine countries across five continents and two international organizations World Bank and OECD, provided the audience with their opinions and specific country experiences on the issues of public enterprises in line with remarkable and interesting discussion afterwards. Detailed information about the Symposium could be found at the webpage www.symposiumicpe.org.

In short time the proceedings of the Symposium will be published.

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Dr Franci Križanič, Minister of Finance of RS and a high patronage of the Symposium

Dr Štefan Bogdan Šalej,

Director General, ICPE



Symposium on Future Challenges of Public Sector Enterprises

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