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.


International Scientific Conference "Regional Cooperation and European Integration" at ICPE

On Monday, 7 November 2011, international scientific conference entitled "Regional Cooperation and European Integration" organized by the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) was held in ICPE premises. Co-organizers of the conference are:

  • Institute of Economic Sciences (IES), Belgrade, Serbia
  • University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France
  • Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale, Turin, Italia
  • Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Institute of Economics, Sarajevo , Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Institute of Economics, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Belgrade Banking Academy, Belgrade, Serbia.


Conference was opened by Dr Štefan Bogdan Šalej, ICPE director general and Prof Dr Dejan Erić, IES director. Representatives of the majority of co-organizing institutions participated at the Conference. Around twenty scientific papers were presented, grouped in the four sessions:

  • Analysis of the Relations Between WB Countries and The EU; Policy of Equally Spread and Sustainable Regional Development in the Function of the European Integrations
  • Evaluation of Undergone Transition Changes in Western Balkan Countries; Structural Changes in WB Countries Economy in the Function of the EU Integrations
  • Restructuring of Enterprises in Order to Achieve Efficiency and Effectiveness; Macroeconomic Framework for Structural Adjustments
  • Development and Competitiveness of Financial Systems in Western Balkan Countries.

Conclusions of the conference have pointed significance of the analysis of the relationship between Western Balkan countries and European Union in regard to the further admission of the WB countries toward EU. Special focus was given to the position of Serbia within this process. In addition, conference shed light on the several aspects of the integration such as environment protection, ecology, sustainable development and other areas of integration. The evaluation of the transition process in WB countries underlined importance of the analysis of the past in regard to the prospective of those countries in the future. Necessity of the analysis of the restructuring processes in enterprises toward enhancement of their efficiency has been stressed. More specifically, it has been emphasized the importance of the analysis of public enterprises. Beside, it was concluded that deeper financial analysis of the WB countries’ financial sector in regard to EU admission process to improve their economic growth and development.


Prof Dr Dejan Erić, IES director, Dr Radovan Rodic, Director, Institute of Economics, Banja Luka, Dr Štefan Bogdan Salej, ICPE director