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 International Training Programme on Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management concluded

On Friday, 16 October 2015, ICPE concluded a one week International Training Programme on Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, which was organized in cooperation with the National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), India. 26 senior officers of Government of India participated in the programme accompanied by Mr. KS Gopinath Narayan, NIFM Course Director and Mr. Gopal Prasad, Director, Department of Expenditure.

Renowned diplomat, jurist and scholar Dr. Ernest Petrič, Constitutional Court awarded the Certificates to the participants. The Indian Ambassador HE Sarvajit Chakravarti who had inaugurated the programme attended the concluding ceremony as well. Mr. Robert Kokalj, Acting Director General, Directorate of Economic and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned the increasing trade relations between Slovenia and India. The role of ICPE alumni in building stronger relations between the two countries was also appreciated. The ceremony was also attended by several government representatives of the Republic of Slovenia including and Dr. Janez Šumrada, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ms. Tea Glažar, Director General, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports.

Several ministries government of Slovenia also the central bank, autonomous institutions and academic centres of Slovenia cooperated in the programme which was directed by Ms Jožica Skube.

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