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 and International Telecommunication Union collaborate in CIS countries

As a follow-up to the ICPE-ITU workshop on Digital Entrepreneurship in Ljubljana last year, ICPE Director General, Dr Anand Asthana and ICPE Representative for Austria & Switzerland, Mr Nenad Stankovic, paricipated in the ITU Regional Workshop for Europe and CIS on eHealth development, held in Odessa (Ukraine) on 18th and 19th October 2018. This event International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized in cooperation with the National Academy of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, with participation from Austria, Belarus, Greece, Iran, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Japan. ICPE informed the participants that it considers building human capacity in the field of e-health is an important component of its future plans.


On 22nd October 2018, ICPE Director General, Dr Anand Asthana along with Mr Nenad Stankovic, visited JSV Giprosvjaz which undertakes R&D and design and exploration under the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of Belarus. ICPE delegation had a meeting with Mr Karaim Andrei, Director and Dr Uladzimir Ivashka, Deputy Director on Research and Development. In the meeting representatives of Giprosvjaz expressed interest for cooperation with ICPE in organizing events related to the human capacity buildings at ICPE headquarters in Slovenia. Same day Dr Asthana and Mr Stanković had a meeting with Prof. Dr Andrej Zenevich, Rector of the Belarusian State Academy of Communications under the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of Belarus, where joint programmes of mutual interest were discussed.

rsz icpe participates in itu ehealth workshop