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.


ICPE meeting with the representatives of the MESS

On Wednesday, 10 December 2014, the ICPE representatives met with a delegation from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia (MESS), headed by Minister Dr. Stanislava Setnikar Cankar. Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General, warmly welcomed the representatives at the ICPE Headquarters. The topics of the meeting were presentation of the ICPE's recent main activities, such as the implementation of the short-term programs with India, ICPE-UNIDO training program on sustainable energy solutions, ICPE MBA program, conferences and round-table events, activities for ICPE member states and partner countries, as well as with international organizations. Mr. Podobnik also emphasized the importance of the upcoming ICPE’s Council and Assembly sessions which will be held in January 2015. Minister Setnikar Cankar expressed the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, for ICPE's activities, and the readiness to enhance the cooperation between the Republic of Slovenia and ICPE, particularly in the field of human resources formation. Both sides assessed the talks as very concrete and fruitful.

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