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 Conference on Benefits and Challenges of Public-Private Partnerships for Improving Energy Efficiency Summary

Yesterday, 24 October 2012, ICPE International Conference on Benefits and Challenges of Public-Private Partnerships for Improving Energy Efficiency organized by ICPE in cooperation with Knowledge Economy Network (KEN) took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The conference gathered together more than 20 speakers from international organizations and bodies such as OECD, UNIDO, UNDP, the European Commission, UN Economic Commission for Europe, governments and its agencies, private companies like ROBOTINA, RRC, TALUM Izparilniki, ESPLANADA, Hidria, Intra Lighting, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a number of institutes as TurboInštitut (Slovenia), Institute for Public Enterprises (India), Institute for Public-Private Partnership (Slovenia) and consultation companies, namely, BPMC Consultants (Slovenia) and Company Angels (Austria) as well as more than 70 participants coming from Slovenia, India, Angola, Nigeria, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Austria, the Netherlands, the UK, Macedonia, Ukraine both government and business representatives.

The conference has deeply explored the private-public partnership concept both from the policies and concrete implementation examples viewpoint for enhancing energy accessibility and efficiency worldwide and at the same time contributing to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development through theoretical panel discussion, presentations of best practice cases and two discussion groups and many networking opportunities exchanging experiences from various parts of the world.

The additional contributions to Conference Recommendations are welcome while the period of next 10 days which, after adoption, will be disseminated to all speakers and participants together with the explicit conference conclusions via e-mail as well as available on the ICPE website.

Last but not least, due to enormous interest showed by speakers and participants, ICPE has decided to organise conferences and workshops on public-private partnerships in different sectors in its member states and other countries.

To watch conference video report, please click here.




(From left) dr. Boris Cizelj, KEN Chairman, Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General, Mr Karim Dahou, Lead manager at OECD