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.


Visit of Prof. Dr Jan Pronk at ICPE

ICPE Director General Dr. Štefan Bogdan Šalej, ICPE Council‘s Honorary President Dr. Anton Vratuša and Director of ECPD International Institute for Sustainable Development, Urban Planning and Environmental Studies Dr. Janez Podobnik met Prof. Dr. Jan Pronk from the Netherlands at ICPE headquarters on 26 September 2011. Prof. Dr. Pronk previously hold the position twice of the Minister for Development Co-operation, once of the Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, various top positions in the UN system as well as giving lectures as Professor in various universities of the Netherlands.

Dr. Šalej presented refocused and extended scope of ICPE activities, including long-term and short-term training programmes, MBA as well as the most current event, namely High Level Meeting on State Ownership Authorities which took place on 5-6 September 2011 in Ljubljana, its importance and outcomes that been followed by Dr. Vratuša and Dr. Podobnik presentation on environmental activities that ICPE and ECPD Institute carry together in cooperation. The both sides agreed on the future cooperation in the fields of development, environment and responsible entrepreneurship.