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 to increase engagement in the field of Development Assistance

ICPE will engage actively with the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in channelling Slovenian and EU aid to developing countries. Stronger ties will be built with Centre for European Perspectives (CEP). This was decided in meetings DG, ICPE had with State Secretary, MFA Ms Darja Bavdaž Kuret and with Deputy Minister and State Secretary Ms Dragoljuba Benčina. DG, ICPE thanked MFA for selecting ICPE’s proposal out of various proposals submitted to the Ministry under the Emerging Donors’ Challenge Fund to be posed to USAID.

Earlier, DG, ICPE was invited to Jable Castle by Dr Stanislav Raščan, Head of the Department for strategic studies and analyses who presented the workof the Department and discussed possible cooperation with India. A book edited by the noted diplomat, jurist and scholar Dr Ernest Petrič was presentedby Dr Raščan to DG, ICPE. During the meeting Executive Director, CEP, Dr. Gorazd Justinek pointed out that CEP is engaged in several projects in developing countries which are member countries of ICPE. There is scope for cooperation in the field of enterprise development in these countries.DG ICPe DG CEP and Director MFA at Jable Castle

DG ICPE, DG, CEP and Director, MFA at Jable Castle