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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

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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.

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SASA to continue its support to ICPE

On July 21, 2015 Honorary President Academician Dr Anton Vratuša and DG Dr Anand Asthana accompanied by senior executives of ICPE met with the President of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) Dr Tadej Bajd. Academy was founded in 1938 is successor to the Academia Operosorum which was founded in Ljubljana in 1693. It was recalled that the existence of this élite institution in Ljubljana was a major factor that weighed in the mind of the then UN Secretary General Mr U Thant who favoured Ljubljana over Zagreb and Belgrade as the seat for ICPE. In the initial years of its existence the support of the Academy was crucial to the survival of ICPE. ICPE thanked the Academy for providing facilities to ICPE Honorary President. The Academy will also consider joining ICPE in a programme of public lectures.

Next day on July 22, 2015 when the Prime Minister of Slovenia HE Dr Miro Cerar visited the Academy, President of SASA, Academician Tadej Bajd informed the Prime Minister about the previous day's visit from ICPE team and the support ICPE requires from the Government of Slovenia. The head of the Social Sciences Department, Academician Prof. Slavko Splichal presented the importance of ICPE to Slovenia as the only intergovernmental organisation in the country. ICPE acts as a hub, which is bringing together knowledge from different parts of the world and is as the same time a network, which can ensure important support to internationalization of national economies. Academician Slavko Splichal is convinced the Prime Minister that the government could, with assistance of SASA, make better use of ICPE's potential and capabilities by maintaining mutual dialogue.

Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar agreed that this is a matter of exceptional imporance and said that the government at his level will establish a dialogue with ICPE.

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(From left) Mr Tomaž Rogelj, Dr Suzana Saptefrati, Dr Anand Asthana, DG ICPE, acad.Dr Anton Vratuša, Honorary President of the ICPE Council, Dr Tadej Bajd, President, SASA