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.


H.E. dr. Fidelino Loy de Jesus Figueiredo's visit of ICPE, 15 November 2010

On 15 November 2010 H.E. dr. Fidelino Loy de Jesus Figueiredo, Ambassdor of Angola in Vienna paid a visit to ICPE. The meeting with ICPE’s Director General Dr. Štefan Bogdan Šalej was both of friendly nature and for business purposes, too.

ICPE and Angola had a tight relationship during 1975-85, today Dr. Šalej and Amb. Figueiredo decided it is the time to revitalize and reconnect mutual working plans. Ambassador Figueiredo has shown a great interest in connecting Angola’s neighbour countries with ICPE and thinks that the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, which are now under Angola’s presidency, should also start collaborating with ICPE. The meeting was very pleasant and many important issues have been addressed.


HE Dr Fidelino Loy de Jesus FIGUEIREDO and Dr Štefan Bogdan ŠALEJ