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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

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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.

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Delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina at ICPE

On Monday, 21 October 2013, HE Dr Zlatko Lagumdžija, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and delegation paid an official visit to ICPE.

ICPE ADG Mr Janez Podobnik welcomed HE Dr Zlatko Lagumdžija and delegation at the ICPE Headquarters, emphasizing good relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina as ICPE Member State since 1996. As an upgrade of a successful past cooperation ICPE took the initiative to establish a regional office in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. BIH has an excellent geostrategic position as well as valuable and rich cooperation with countries of Africa and Middle East. Minister Dr Zlatko Lagumdžija endorsed the initiative and expressed support.

Furthermore, Mr Janez Podobnik emphasized the possible topics for concrete future cooperation, including the preparation of a one-year Action plan for 2013-2014, cooperation on international events, namely, follow-up of the Economic Diplomacy and Internationalisation conference in Sarajevo; economic event in cooperation with German- Slovenian Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia and institution in BIH, etc.

HE Minister emphasized the role of ICPE as an interconnection point between BIH and EU as well as strongly supported the cooperation in different projects on the basis of the Action Plan.

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After the meeting HE Dr Zlatko Lagumdžija, together with BIH high representatives, presented the Orthographic manual of the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language with grammar basics. The importance of the mother tongue was stressed, especially for emigrants as a connection in communication, in encouraging of the feeling of belonging and as an identity bridge.

The guests were welcomed by HE Slavko Puljić, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Republic of Slovenia and Mr Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General of ICPE.

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