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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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International Center for Promotion of Enterprises signed 3 more Memoranda of Understanding with Institutes from ICPE's largest member state, India

On 19 December 2013, Janez Podobnik, the Acting Director General of the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), signed three memoranda of understanding with Indian academic institutes in New Delhi, India, with the heads of these Institutes in the presence of Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and O. P. Rawat, Secretary in the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), currently the ex-officio President of the ICPE Council.

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(From left) Mr O.P. Rawat, Secretary DPE, Hon'ble Minister Praful Patel, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE ADG

The memoranda of understanding signed by ADG Janez Podobnik and Dr. S. K. Rao, Director General of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, Dr. T. Chatterjee, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi and Dr. Pritam Singh, Director General of the International Management Institute, New Delhi, aim to strengthen the academic / research ties between ICPE and these reputed Indian institutes. More precisely, through these agreements new avenues of cooperation will be open among ICPE and the Indian partner institutions in order to promote faculty development, research, consultancy training and improve the educational environment of the parties through advanced educational programmes, joint conferences, seminars, workshops etc. The heads of all three institutes stressed their intention to implement short and long-term courses as well as research programmes together with ICPE.

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The ceremony of MoU signing between ADG Janez Podobnik and Dr. S. K. Rao, Director General of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad

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The ceremony of MoU signing between ADG Janez Podobnik and Dr. T. Chatterjee, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi (Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

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The ceremony of MoU signing between ADG Janez Podobnik and Dr. Pritam Singh, Director General of the International Management Institute, New Delhi (Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

 

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