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.


Director General Dr Štefan Bogdan Šalej meets Economic Counsellor of the Republic of Cuba and Cuban business representatives

Tuesday, September 20, Director General Dr Štefan Bogdan Šalej welcomed in ICPE Lic Salvador Cabeiro Quintana, Economic Counsellor in Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Vienna, and representatives from business sector Ms Marisabel González Hernández, director of Cuban Tourist Office based in Frankfurt, Germany, and Prof. Borut Uršič, director general of Travel Agency in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The meeting focused on Cuba’s, as the founding country of ICPE, future collaboration with ICPE and, secondly, the promotion and enhancement of the relations between Slovenia and Cuba in the areas of business and education, including scientific research and students exchange in the long term.

The Cuban delegation emphasised the importance and involvement of the governmental officers as well as new generation of entrepreneurs with vision in creating more productive and efficient enterprises that can contribute significantly to the improvement of life quality of the Cuban population. Therefore, ICPE is viable partner not only in bringing knowledge and experiences of 35 years but also in presenting best practice cases that all together can help to ensure the economic transformation process would be made in the line with the highest up-to-date standards and multiple benefits to the country.


Dr Štefan Bogdan Šalej, Prof. Borut Uršič, Lic. Salvador Cabeiro Quintana and Ms Marisabel González Hernández.