Welcome to ICPE

The ICPE is an intergovernmental organization with Member Countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, headquartered in Slovenia. Over 45 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 VZMD signed a Memorandum

On Tuesday, 8 January 2013, Acting Director General Mr Janez Podobnik and the President of the Panslovenian Shareholders' Association, Mr Kristjan Verbič, MSc, signed a Memorandum of cooperation between ICPE and VZMD (Panslovenian Shareholders' Association) to further increase the synergy between both institutions and to strenghten the cooperation on the international level.

The Memorandum is also going to increase the connection with ICPE and two investors channels: Invest to Slovenija and International Investors' Network, which was already established at ICPE & KEN International Conference on Benefits and Challenges of PPP's through Energy Efficiency. The video is available here.


(From left) Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General and Mr Kristjan Verbič, MSc, President of VZMD Panslovenian Shareholders' Association

The main goal of the cooperation is to develop mutually beneficial projects that will foster the ties between ICPE Member States and international institutions, where VZMD is an active member, such as WFI, EuroFinuse, Euroshareholders as well as their 55 national organizations of shareholders and investors. The key aspects of cooperation are in the field of active shareholding, education and promotion of social responsibility.

International Center for Promotion of Enterprises - ICPE
Dunajska 104, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ph.: +386 1 568 23 31
Email: info at icpe.int