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.


Opening reception of the Training program on “Sustainable Energy Solutions”

On Wednesday evening, November 19, the second day of the Training Program on sustainable Energy Solutions was concluded with a very successful Opening Reception, where the participants, the lecturers, distinguished guests as well as the event’s sponsors had a chance to unwind and mingle, while being entertained by Mr. Blaž Vrbič, a well-known Slovenian Jazz singer.

First of all ICPE Acting Director General, Mr. Janez Podobnik warmly welcomed Dr. Pradeep Monga, Director of the Energy and Climate Change Branch of UNIDO and Key initiator of the training program, with whom ICPE has developed a strong relationship, which we hope will continue to grow in a fruitful way in the future.

ICPE Acting Director General, Mr. Janez Podobnik also warmly welcomed Dr. Jacek Cukrowski, Chief of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, the members of the ICPE MBA Alumni Club, as well as the representative of Executive Women from India, Ms. Renuka Gera, who also joined the Opening Reception. Last but not least ICPE Acting Director General, Mr. Janez Podobnik also addressed the participants of the training program, as many of them came from ICPE Member States, such as India, Sri Lanka, Syria and Slovenia.

ICPE finds it necessary to also take care of the informal, networking part, when hosting groups of professionals from all over the world. In this respect we would like to kindly thank our sponsors for making this event possible.

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