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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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ICPE-ICIE International Conference on “Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving Technology” successfully concluded

On Friday, 15 November 2013, ICPE in cooperation with International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ICIE) organised an International conference on the topic “Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving Technology: the Present and the Future”.

The conference aimed to attract participants from different countries of Eurasia in order to exchange experience in the areas where public-private partnership is successfully applied and the countries where such financial models are not widely represented, or where the interested parties lack the knowledge and experience to resolve the issues inherently present in PPP projects on the policy or practical levels.

Welcome addresses were delivered by Mr Victor Glukhikh, President of the ICIE and Mr Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General of the ICPE. Mr Janez Podobnik emphasized the importance of ICPE in continuation of the well-established cooperation with the international organisations, notably also with the conference co-organizer, ICIE. Acting Director General also stressed that ICPE is staying active in the business field and development topics as also wishes to offer its platform of an intergovernmental institution for active networking of business subject.

The keynote address was carried out by Mr Bojan Kumer, State Secretary for Energy at Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia.

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Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General


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Mr Victor Glukhikh, President of the ICIE


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Mr Bojan Kumer, State Secretary for Energy at Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia

 

The conference continued with two Panel Discussions. First panel was committed to the business culture of energy efficiency, presentations of advanced energy efficiency technology cases, energy efficiency in general and financing of energy efficiency projects in less mature markets. The panel was chaired by Mr Oleg Berezovoy, ICIE Vice-President.

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1st Panel Discussion Group

The second panel discussion, moderated by Mr Borut Potočnik, founder of BPMC and president at Association of Management Consulting of Slovenia, focused on energy performance contracting and presentations of advanced energy efficiency technology cases from Slovenia and Russia. Below please find a short introduction to the second panel discussion by Mr Borut Potočnik:

"Only a couple of decades ago on this Planet energy was simply a component of our activities. Environment responsibility was at first just a sort of higher, idealistic value or vision, now the romantic story is over and it became cross dependent with inavoidable economic calculation. Very quickly energy became emerging issue to industry, state governments and even every single household. Every business, social and private process is more and more interconnected by energy issues and environment responsibility. The story of this development is not over yet. The inter-connection betwen countries will become stronger. Like in every emerging sector the share of interest requires more and more advanced contracting systems. Higher technology features are extremely quickly replacing those less efficient."

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2nd Panel Discussion Group

International conference brought together participants from many countries in the world in order to share the knowledge and to established new contacts. All speakers stressed the importance of constant gaining of a new knowledge in the different business models, the importance of understanding costumer needs as well as more friendly use of the existing technology. A joint working body will be established to pursue the idea of the energy efficiency in the present as also in the future.

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