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.


ICPE ADG Mr. Janez Podobnik attended UNIDO Industrial Development Board and Global South-South Development Expo 2012 in Vienna

On the 20th and 21st of November 2012, ADG Mr. Janez Podobnik visited Vienna. Accompanied with Mr. Nenad Stankovic, ICPE Representative in Vienna, Mr. Podobnik participated in 40th Session of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board in which delegates from UNIDO Member States reviewed the implementation of the work programme, the regular and operational budgets and made recommendations to the GC on policy matters.


UNIDO IDB Plenary Session


Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO


Mr. Janez Podobnik, ICPE ADG in UNIDO IDB Plenary Session

Mr. Podobnik and Mr. Stankovic also attended the fifth annual Global South-South Development Expo 2012 hosted by UNIDO. In this very important GSSD Expo more than 600 delegates from 150 countries exchanged and scaled-up best practices and innovative solutions to cross-cutting energy insecurity and climate change challenges.


Pleanary Session

During the IDB Session in UNIDO Mr. Podobnik had very fruitful discussion with Dr. Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change. Further steps in co-operation between the organizations were discussed and agreed. Dr. Monga confirmed his visit to ICPE in Ljubljana on 20th and 21st December 2012 at the first meeting of ICPE Alumni Club. As the former ICPE MBA student, Dr. Monga kindly accepted to be first President of the Alumni Club. Based on Dr. Monga’s recommendation ICPE met representatives of the Economic Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) as potential partner of ICPE in programs and projects implementation in the West Africa. In discussion with Mr. Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director and Mr. Martin Lugmayr, Renewable Energy Expert of ECREEE it was agreed to consider possibility to organize mutual trainings on different topics important for that part of Africa. They expressed special interest for training on access to EU Funds including its mechanism for applying/using, which has to be prepared and conducted by ICPE. Mr. Podobnik and Mr. Stankovic also had opportunity to meet and exchange views about co-operation with Dr. Olga Memedovic, Chief, Europe and NIS Programme, Bureau for Regional Programmes in UNIDO and Mr. Ouseph Padickakudi, Programme Manager of UNIDO’s Quality, Standards and Conformity Unit.

During very intensive program of visit, Mr. Podobnik met H.E. Ms. Blanka Jamnisek, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations, OSCE and other international organizations in Vienna, H.E. Mr. Xolisa Mabhongo, Ambassador of South Africa and H.E. Mr. Thiep Nguyen, Ambassador of Vietnam. The main subjects of those meetings were creating mutual programs and developing co-operation between ICPE and respected countries. During very fruitful and pragmatic discussions Mr. Podobnik underlined ICPE strong intention to implement activities in accordance with concrete needs and requirements of the countries. Ambassadors appreciated received information and supported ICPE in efforts to establish closer cooperation with their responsible administrations. In the very constructive discussion, Ambassador Blanka Jamnisek pointed out UNIDO as one of the most important international organization for ICPE and presented several very interesting ideas for possible cooperation of ICPE with this organization. It was agreed to continue dialogue and intensify exchange of information between ICPE and these embassies.


(From left) Mr. Janez Podobnik, ICPE ADG, Ms. Debra Steiner, Counsellor in the South African Embassy, Mr. Xolisa Mabhongo, Ambassador, Mr. Nenad Stankovic, ICPE Representative in Vienna


(From left) Mr. Janez Podobnik, ICPE ADG, Mr. Thiep Nguyen, Ambassador, Mr. Nenad Stankovic, ICPE Representative in Vienna