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 35th Anniversary Celebration, 8 November 2010


ICPE celebrated the 35th Anniversary of its activities, the Celebration took place on 8 November, in the premises of the ICPE.

In the 35 years ICPE has achieved important results in the implementation of educational programmes and research projects in public sector enterprises. It has managed to create a broad network of contacts and a relatively high recognizability in cooperation with international organizations under the auspices of the UN.

Therefore the ICPE crowned this notable success with the celebration, attended by many distinguished guests. To our great pleasure Dr. Danilo Türk, President of the Republic of Slovenia, was the honorable patron of the celebration and also the speaker of the event. ICPE’s DG, Dr. Štefan Bogdan Šalej, Dr. Anton Vratuša, Honorable President ICPE and Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, President of the ICPE Council also addressed the guests. The atmosphere was warm and promising. Performer Tinkara Kovač and her pianist also contributed to this fine event with their unique musical interpretations, so did Živa Rogelj, the moderator. The evening was unforgetable.

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