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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 Acting Director General visited Vienna

On 31 October 2014 ICPE Acting Director General Janez Podobnik visited Vienna. During his visit he met with Mr. Rachid Bencherif, Head, Grants Unit, Office of the Director-General, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Dr. Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change of UNIDO and H.E. Mr. Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Slovenia. Mr. Nenad Stankovic, ICPE Representative in Vienna was also present at the meetings.

During the meeting at OFID that was also attended Ms. Souhad Khriesat, Technical Assistance Officers, Grants Unit, OFID, J. Podobnik presented the new ICPE programs as well as the results of the International Training Program on Wastewater Management and Solar Energy held in Ljubljana in February 2014, training which was held with the financial support of OFID. J. Podobnik emphasized that ICPE received very positive feedback from the training participants who appreciated the quality of the program, lecturers, company visits together with ICPE’s warm hospitality. Based on the training results ICPE has prepared a follow-up training entitled “International Training Program on Wastewater Management: New Technologies and Technological Solutions for Effective Wastewater Treatment”, which is planned to be organized in spring 2015. For the forthcoming training ICPE also applied for OFID grants.

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(From left) Mr. Rachid Bencherif, Head, Grants Unit, Office of the Director-General, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and Mr. Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General of ICPE

After a very successful discussion Mr. Bencherif appreciated meeting and re-confirmed OFID’s interest to continue its cooperation with ICPE. He expressed the readiness to support ICPE in performing its planned activities, especially in assisting LDCs and developing countries in the process of human capacity building. He stressed that OFID funds have been allocated to ICPE four times in the past and each time ICPE justified the expectations with high quality performed activities. In this respect, Mr. Bencherif invited ICPE to prepare a presentation for the OFID management and staff during which ICPE’s experience in cooperation with ICPE Member States as well as other partners in finding appropriate solutions for specific countries’ needs and for developing challenges marked by UN Millennium Goals will be presented. Mr. Podobnik accepted this offer and assessed it as a great opportunity for the closer cooperation between two organizations as well as for ICPE to be recognized as a reputable and reliable OFID partner. It was agreed that the particular subjects of the presentation will be defined in the following period.

During the meeting with Dr. Monga the cooperation between UNIDO and ICPE with a special focus on the forthcoming training on “Sustainable Energy Solutions - Technologies, Trends and Policy options” was discussed. The training will be held in Ljubljana between 18-26 November 2014. Dr. Monga and J. Podobnik agreed that such kind of jointly organized activities strengthens the cooperation between the two organizations outlined by the Agreement between UNIDO and ICPE and by the Joint Communiqué signed by J. Podobnik and Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO. Dr. Monga confirmed his participation and lecturing on 19 November 2014. On the same date the ICPE MBA Alumni Club meeting will be organized and it will be chaired by Dr. Monga who is also the ICPE Alumni Club’s President.

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 (From left) Dr. Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change of UNIDO and Mr. Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General of ICPE

The main subject of the meeting with H.E. Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez was exchanging information about the forthcoming regular sessions of the ICPE Council and Assembly. The possibility for the representatives of Sri Lanka to attend the ICPE International MBA program and developing the cooperation according to the specific needs of Sri Lanka were also brought into discussion. H.E. Azeez appreciated the received information and supported ICPE in its efforts to establish a closer cooperation with the Administration of Sri Lanka as an ICPE Member State. He also expressed his wish to attend the ICPE Council meeting upon receiving information about exact date. It was agreed to continue the dialogue and intensify the exchange of information between ICPE and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Vienna with the intention to develop mutual programs/activities.