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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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EU to cooperate with ICPE in training in eGovernance

For the last two years, ICPE has been providing training to Indian officials in eGovernance and has developed unique skills and competencies in this field. The programme is now been extended to provide an overview of the best practices in the field of e-Governance in those European Union countries which rank high in various fields of e-Governance, eParticipation levels and eDemocracy, both from the viewpoint of services and infrastructure, as well as the human index. The training programmes will provide direct access to officials of European Commission in Brussels, national governments and regional governments as also research institutions working in eGovernance projects. The training will also include the principles, methodology and operationalisation of digital single market. The end result is likely to be the adoption of leading-edge digital tools and applications so as to streamline government working practices and improving productivity while saving operational and management costs contributing to public service modernisation. Countries like India where IT sector is quite advanced but eGovernance has not reached the entire population will be well placed to take advantage of this cooperation between EU and ICPE.

Dr Zoran Stančič DDG European Union Directorate General for Communications Networks Content  Technology with Dr Anand Asthana DG ICPE at the boardroom of the European Commission

Dr Zoran Stančič, DDG, European Union Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology with Dr Anand Asthana, DG, ICPE at the boardroom of the European Commission