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.


Meeting with Director, IIM Lucknow at ICPE

On 10 October 2016, DG ICPE Dr Anand Asthana held a meeting with the Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Dr Ajit Prasad. IIM Lucknow is one of the 20 Indian Institutes of Management, which are public autonomous institutes in the field of management education and research. The Indian Institutes of management were established on the initiative of the first Prime Minister of India, Mr Jawaharlal Nehru. IIM Lucknow was established in 1984.

DG, ICPE and Director, IIM Lucknow discussed possibilities for collaboration starting in 2017. Dr Metka Tekavčič, Dean, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana and professor Nevenka Hrovatin, ICPE's academic partners attended the meeting and presented the activities of the Faculty, which will commemorate it's 70th Anniversary on 20 October 2016.

It was decided that a batch of 40 MBA students will be visiting Slovenia for an international exposure module in Slovenia in Spring next year, which will cover, apart from the academic inputs also the industry visits to innovative companies in Slovenia.


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