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.


ICPE conducts an International Advanced Leadership Programme

In cooperation with the Institute of Public Enterprise from Hyderabad, India, ICPE has organised a two week international Advanced Leadership Programme. The program commenced on 1 December 2014 and is attended by eight participants, of which four are faculty members of the Institute of Public Enterprise, a representative of the Office of the Commissioner for Technical Education in Hyderabad, and representatives of three Government of India public sector enterprises: National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd., and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.

In the course of the training, the participants have attended several lectures by renowned faculty, paid study visits to Government of Slovenia offices, as well as field visits to selected Slovenian companies. The program focuses on the issues of good governance and management in the public sector, including, for instance, the latest developments in the field of e-Governance and public-private partnerships, situating the issues within the context of the European Union and the local market, supporting and strengthening the research and economic ties between India, Slovenia and other EU countries.

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