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 training programme for DHTI concluded

ICPE concluded a two-week training programme in partnership with the DHTI – Defence Headquarters Training Institute of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India marking the first collaboration between the two organisations and in the field of security and defence. A batch of 20 participants, Deputy and Joint Directors of the Armed Forces Headquarters are attending the ICPE Foreign Training Component of the Professional Development Programme, along with the course director, Mr Deepak K. Bist, DHTI. The programme came to ICPE at the initiative of Mr Rajesh Saxena, Director, DHTI who is a distinguished alumnus of ICPE.
At the Opening Ceremony, HE Mr Sarvajit Chakravarti, Ambassador of India was the guest of honour. ICPE Director General, Dr Anand N. Asthana, Mr Tone Slak, Deputy Director General, Defence Policy Directorate, MoD, and Col. Mitja Miklavec, MSc, Head of the Multilateral Relations and Defence Diplomacy Division, MoD also addressed the participants.
The major thrust of the programme was dedicated to policy formulation and analysis in defence management, especially the role of civilian personnel in the defence sector. During the programme, the participants had exposure to various entities of the Government of Slovenia, especially those within the Ministry of Defence. They also had the opportunity to visit and meet with representatives of the international organisations based in Vienna, Austria - the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The programme was prepared by Ms Sara Arko, Programme Manager, ICPE in consultation and partnership with the Ministry of Defence, as well as the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.

At the concluding ceremony Prof Dr Ernest Petrič was the guest of honour. Ms Tea Glažar, MSc, Head of International Cooperation and EU Office, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport also interacted with the officers.

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