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.



On Wednesday, 5 April 2017 ICPE has concluded the International Management Programme, designed for post graduate students of a Premier Business School – Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur. A tailor made course with the academic partners from Jožef Stefan International Post Graduate School and guest lecturers from Slovenia and abroad was designed to address the relevant issues for future managers, including Technology and its role in business and Circular economy amongst others. During the immersion programme the students have also visited the Port of Koper and Pipistrel in Slovenia, and the United Nations Information Centre, Austrian Parliament and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. ICPE is grateful to H.E. Mr. Sarvajit Chakravarti, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Slovenia who has initiated the idea of the IIM Sirmaur’s immersion programme to be held at ICPE.


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