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.


International Certificate program for the Women Executives of Central Public Sector Enterprises of India

With the opening ceremony which took place on Sunday, 16 November 2014, at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana the International Certificate program for the Women Executives (ICP-WX for short) of Central Public Sector Enterprises of India, which is organized and conducted in partnership of the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (FELU) under the aegis of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Government of India, has officially started.

The first two phases of the tailor-made ICP-WX program were already implemented during the two previous months at ASCI, Hyderabad. The third phase (lasting one month) is starting today at FELU. 

The opening speech at the ceremony was delivered by Prof. Dr. Metka Tekavčič, FELU Dean, after which welcome speeches were delivered by Mr. Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General, H.E. Mr. Sarvajit Chakravarti, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Slovenia, and by the Program director, Prof. Dr. Nevenka Hrovatin. A special welcome address was delivered by Dr. Stanka Setnikar Cankar, Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia. The 23 participants of the ICP-WX were also given the opportunity to shortly present themselves.


The objective of the International Certificate Program is to help the women officers/executives of CPSEs enhance their competence and capacities to handle the management challenges better, and progress towards assuming leadership role responsibilities as well as to capacitate the public sector women executives/officers with structured, content-rich and practice oriented inputs in management areas. Accordingly, the program would provide adequate opportunities to the participants for good learning and gaining exposure to various managerial concepts, tools and techniques. It would facilitate their enriched performance in their organizations in scale, scope and specialization and would thus spur them to set higher benchmarks of performance excellence and forge ahead.

We wish all the participants successful and productive lectures and discussions as well as a pleasant stay in Ljubljana.


International Center for Promotion of Enterprises - ICPE
Dunajska 104, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ph.: +386 1 568 23 31
Email: info at icpe.int