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.


e-Governance International Best Practice Study Tour

Between Monday, 30 May and Friday, 3 June 2016, ICPE is organizing a one week International Best Practice Study Tour, in cooperation with the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), India. 26 senior officers of Government of India are participating at the programme, accompanied by Mr. Mahesh Edla, NISG Course Director and Mr. Rajesh Loona, Senior Consultant, National e-Governance Division.

The one-week programme incorporates best practices of Slovenian IT and e-Governance initiatives, including visits to Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia, Administrative Unite Ljubljana, Chamber of Commmerce and Industry of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, Telekom Slovenia, Public Holding Ljubljana, DARS and demonstrations by senior officials of the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia and lectures by renowned experts on IT and e-Governance. The participants will also visit Bled Lake, Postojna Cave and Vienna, Austria, where they will be exposed to the UN Vienna Information Centre, Austrian Parliament, e-Governance platform Digital Austria as well as visit at the Smart City Vienna Agency.


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