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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

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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.

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ICPE signed an MoU with Ogun State, Nigeria

On 25 October 2012, Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General, and Dr Lanre Tejuoso, Honourable Commissioner of the Ministry of Special Duties of Ogun State, Nigeria, signed the Memorandum of Understanding in ICPE headquarters in Ljubljana for project-based cooperation between Ogun State and ICPE.

Meetings between representatives of both parties on possible cooperation and concrete actions have been held for the past two years. As an outcome, Dr Tejuoso delivered the presentation in ICPE International Conference on Benefits and Challenges of Public-Private Partnerships for Improving Energy Efficiency which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 24 October 2012 on the topic Innovative PPP Solution for Improving Access to Efficient Energy: Ogun State, Nigeria – Schneider Electric Nigeria Approach. One of the very first action as per Memorandum of Understanding is to be held such reciprocal conference in Nigeria most possibly in April 2013.

 

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(From left) Dr Lanre Tejuoso, Honourable Commissioner of the Ministry of Special Duties of Ogun State, Nigeria and Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General