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.



On 28 October 2014 Patrick Lecaque, PhD, Director, Center for International Education, Truman State University (USA), and Kevin M. Minch, PhD, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Institute for Academic Outreach, Truman State University, visited ICPE where they held talks with ICPE Acting Director General, Janez Podobnik, and other ICPE team members. The main subject of the meeting was exchanging information about the possibility of implementing common projects/programs and further develop the co-operation between ICPE, European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD) in Belgrade with the Truman State University. During the very fruitful discussions Mr. Podobnik and other members of the ICPE team presented the ICPE's activities. He informed the delegation about the planned ICPE events and expressed his wish to cooperate with the Truman State University together with ECPD for implementing on-line academic courses in the field of leadership.

The representative of the Truman State University underlined that their institution is open to cooperation and informed the ICPE team about the main goals and characteristics of the academic courses in leadership by pointing out the value of such a course for professionals in all fields of activity and the aim of the course which is envisaged to be implemented regionally, thus bringing together students from wider geographical areas. 

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