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.


One year of ICPE – ASCI cooperation

One year ago, on 19 December 2013 in New Delhi, India, Mr. Janez Podobnik, Acting Director General of the ICPE and Dr. R. K. Rao, Director General of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises at the time, attended the MoU signing besides other high level representatives of the Indian Government. It rarely happens that the agreed points of cooperation in an MoU realize as quickly. However, in the case of the ICPE-ASCI cooperation has been accomplished particularly due to the strong support of both directors, ASCI and ICPE and their teams.

The International Certificate Program in Business Management for the Women Executives (ICP-WX) of Central Public Sector Enterprises of India jointly carried out by ICPE, ASCI and their excellent partner, the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana, was held between 15 September and 12 December 2014, encompassing two months in Hyderabad, India, and one month in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Prof. Paramita Dasgupta and Prof. M. Chandrasekhar from ASCI came to Slovenia for the concluding week of the International Certificate Program, and expressed their positive views and gratefulness for the well-prepared program.

At the ICPE Headquarters mutual wishes of an intense cooperation in 2015 also in partnership with other institutions such as the Knowledge Economy Network (KEN), ICPE's partner organization, were expressed.