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.


Training of Secretariat officers of Government of India

In cooperation with Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), ICPE organized a two week overseas training program (05 – 14 May 2016) for Officers of the Government of India. The program, attended by 29 senior government officials of Government of India together with Ms. Geetha Nair, ISTM Course Director and Mr. Alisoor Narasimha Raghavan Narayanan, ISTM observer, commenced on Wednesday, 5th May at the ICPE headquarters. Dr. Anand N. Asthana, Director General, ICPE, welcomed the participants and the Ambassador of India to Slovenia Mr. Sarvajit Chakravarti gave an inaugural address.
In the two week program the participants were exposed to various administrative, economic and financial bodies of the Republic of Slovenia and have also visited Trieste and Venice in Italy and Vienna in Austria, where they visited the Austrian Parliament and the United Nations Office at Vienna, UNIDO, UNODC, OSCE, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and Smart City Vienna.
The program was completed on Saturday, 14th May, where the group received certificates of completion by Mr Nenad Stanković, Associate Course Director, ICPE.