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.


Council meeting was held at ICPE, 9 November 2010

On Tuesday, 9 November 2010, there was the annual Council meeting held at ICPE, attended by the host country’s Slovene delegates, and the member states delegations from Sri Lanka, Albania, India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and the special guest country, Brasil.

ICPE presented attendees with its strategic plan, which has been confirmed, programme activities, financial report etc. Mr. Chatterjee, the president of ICPE Council, introduced a few prolific ideas on the future work, so did dr. Šalej, Director General, who introduced his views of the development and the targets of ICPE activity fields, just as the other distinguished participants gave their impact to the whole picture.

Important decisions and documents have been made and accepted, the outcome of the discussion on ICPE activities in the future is optimistic and the synthesis of the meeting is: there is a bright future full of challenges ahead of us.


Ambassador Zvone Dragan, Ambassador Jayakar Jerome,

Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Dr Štefan Bogdan Šalej


Council Meeting