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.


Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia inaugurates Workshop on Digital Innovation

The Executive Workshop on Bridging the Digital Innovation Divide: Fostering Digital Entrepreneurship and Startup Ecosystem was held in ICPE headquarters in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 12 to 13 September 2017 in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), a regional cooperative framework for countries in Southeast Europe. The objective of the workshop was to build regional and national capacities and skills in developing digital ecosystems, including designing policies, implementation programmes and projects. Programme of this workshop also promoted a toolkit on bridging the digital innovation divide.

Mr Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia in his inaugural address mentioned great strides that Slovenia has made in IT and eGovernance sectors. He explained that certain areas of administration have to be centralized to avoid disorder. He expressed his opinion that personal data of the citizens should remain safe in the hands of elected governments and not with big business. Mindless decentralization in government can lead to chaos. The Ministry of Public Administration has attained notable success in many fields of public administration including IT through centralization. The Ministry is responsible for all public enterprises in Slovenia as also all public properties. When asked as to why some buildings are being maintained by Ministry of Education which has no expertise in this field the Minister replied that so far the Ministry of Public Administration has taken over 60% of public buildings in Slovenia.

The workshop attended representatives of the seven countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Georgia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Slovenia. During very fruitful sessions and dynamic discussions, the participants empowered with methodology, frameworks, tools and context relevant case studies to accelerate digital transformation through promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.


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