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 strengthen ties with Venzuela

On July 24, 2015 Dr Wilmer Armando Depablos, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and his colleague Ms. Belen Baragam, advisor for the economic affairs visited ICPE offices.

The diplomats were welcomed to ICPE by the Director General and other senior officials. The Director General recalled the rich history of close cooperation between ICPE and Venezuela in the past. The drastic reduction in poverty rates caused by Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has been an inspiration to many member countries of ICPE. Dr Armando Depablos felt that ICPE's expertise in promoting effective management of public sector could be useful for Venezuela.
It was recalled that the idea of ICPE was formulated in the Foreign Ministers' Conference of Non-Aligned countries. From time to time Conferences of Heads of States of Non-Aligned countries have appreciated the expertise of ICPE in various fields of public enterprise management and exhorted Non-Aligned countries to join ICPE and cooperate in the field of human resources development, finance, trade, technology, joint ventures, industry, consultancy and integration of women in development. Specifically, the countries countries contemplating major public enterprise sector rationalisations have been advised to use the expertise available with the centre. Since Venezuela is the current chair of the Non Aligned Movement, Dr Armando Depablos mentioned that ICPE will be invited to attend the 17th Summit of NAM which will enable ICPE to strengthen ties with other member countries of NAM.

Visit - Venezuela

(From left) Ms Sara Arko, Dr Suzana Saptefrati, Mr Tomaž Rogelj, Dr Anand Asthana, DG ICPE, Dr Wilmer Armando Depablos, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Ms Belen Baragam