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.


Sustainable Energy Solutions Training Programme

On the 10 of September 2013, the deadline for applications to the Professional Development Programme on Sustainable Energy Solutions to be conducted on 12 – 19 November 2013 jointly by the UNIDO Institute and ICPE has passed.



The programme attracted significant attention and interest from professionals in the field of energy from around the world. More than 500 applications were received from both academia and practitioners from more than 70 countries. It is noteworthy that many applications were received from the ICPE member states, namely, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Iran, Macedonia, Nepal, Slovenia, Syria, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambian. Other applicants are from Afghanistan, Belize, Benin, Canada, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Togo, Ukraine, and Vietnam as well as from neighbouring countries as Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, and Kosovo to mention a few.

We wish all the applicants good luck in the selection process and look forward to welcome the successful ones in Ljubljana in November.

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

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