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 and UNIDO signed a Joint Communiqué

Mr. Janez Podobnik, the Acting Director General of the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) paid an official visit to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on 18 December 2013.

The Acting Director General met the Director General of UNIDO, Mr. Li Yong to discuss the potential to intensify the cooperation activities developed within the framework of the relationship agreement signed between ICPE and UNIDO on 12 May 1988. The meeting was assessed as highly fruitful, Janez Podobnik and Li Yong expressed their determination to enhance the 25 year existing cooperation between ICPE and UNIDO. In this regard a joint communiqué establishing the concrete areas of cooperation was signed between ICPE and UNIDO.


(From left): Director General of UNIDO, Mr. Li Yong and Acting Director General of ICPE, Mr. Janez Podobnik

The two directors discussed about project development and implementation in areas of interest of both organizations and agreed to give priority to practical educational approaches in the field of industrial development and technology transfer and promoting energy- and resource-efficiency together with best practice cases in industrial development. Additionally, supporting the capacity-development of the ICPE and UNIDO member states with the aim of achieving an effective industrial policy and reform together with planning, management and developing public-private partnerships in developing countries  and socially responsible management of public enterprises are also emphasized.

The meeting opened the path to the remodelling of the current cooperation between the two organizations and strengthening it in the context of the new challenges brought about by the new millenium, primarily in the area of educational and development projects by focusing also the ICPE cooperation with the UNIDO field representations in the UNIDO member-states or regional offices.

It was stressed that common endeavours will be made in the direction of organizing follow-up trainings of the positively appreciated Professional Development Programme on Sustainable Energy Solutions jointly organized by ICPE and UNID between 12-19 November 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Mr. Janez Podobnik, ADG of ICPE, used the opportunity to invite Mr. Li Young, DG of UNIDO, to visit Slovenia and ICPE. He emphasized that during spring 2014 ICPE and Administration of Slovenia have planned several very important activities. In this respect, Mr. Podobnik mentioned that it would be a great pleasure if Mr. Li would be able to join. Mr. Li appreciated invitation and expressed readiness to visit Slovenia next year. Exact time and other details have to be discussed and agreed with UNIDO's protocol and Mr. Li's team.