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.


Visit of Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka, HE Mr G.L. Peiris

On Monday, 10 June 2013, the Minister of External Affairs of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, HE Dr Gamini Lakshman Peiris visited ICPE, accompanied by his delegation, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Slovenia, HE Mr A.L.A. Azeez and  HE Mr Janez Premože, Ambassador of Slovenia to India and Sri Lanka along with Mr Miklavž Borštnik, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia.




ICPE delegation presented the activities of the center and especially focused on the Plan of Action, a specifically designed detailed plan with activities, prepared by the ICPE team for individual member state. Such plan has been prepared also for Sri Lanka, which is one of the founding ICPE member states and concrete actions involving education of public officials and various projects in the field of entrepreneurship and development are integrated and ready for implementation.




Acting Director General expressed a wish to strenghten the cooperation and emphasized the revived MBA Programme in collaboration with FELU (Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana), which is in the phase of being reimplemented in Autumn 2013. Many students from Sri Lanka got their MBA degrees at ICPE and ADG invited the delegation and the Minister to promote the renewed ICPE MBA programme to the Sri Lankan officials and government representatives. ADG Mr Janez Podobnik also invited the distinguished representatives of Sri Lankan government to



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