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.


Sri Lanka opens honorary consulate in Ljubljana

Sri Lanka, one of the most active member states of ICPE, established its honorary consulate in Ljubljana on Thursday the 8th of October and appointed Mr Andrej Prebil as the first honorary consul. Sri Lankan Ambassador HE Mr Abdul Azeez mentioned the strengthening of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Slovenia as also of increasing involvement of Sri Lanka in the activities of ICPE which was represented in the opening ceremony by the Director General Dr Anand Asthana, Executive Manager Mr Tomaž Rogelj and Programme Manager Dr Suzana Saptefrati. Ambassador Azeez advised DG, ICPE to visit Sri Lanka in December to accelerate joint programmes. The Director General thanked Ambassador Azeez for extraordinary level of support to ICPE and assured him of active collaborating with Sri Lanka in promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises which is the priority of the current government. ICPE has also offered internships to Sri Lankan students.


DG ICPE with Ambassador of Sri Lanka Honorary consul Mr Andrej Prebil extreme left and officials of Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

DG ICPE with Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Honorary consul Mr Andrej Prebil (extreme left) and officials of Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs