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.



In cooperation with India’s National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), ICPE organised a one week international training program on Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. In the last week of September. The program attended by 31 senior officers of Government of India. Director, NIFM Mrs Meena Agarwal was present throughout the programme.
The participants had the opportunity to get exposure on topics of monetary and fiscal policy in the EU and Slovenia, anti-corruption measures and the EU Economy. Presentations of financial management institutions, such as the Court of Audit, Agency for Public Oversight of Audit and Budget Supervision Office of the Ministry of Finance supplemented the theoretical input with practical implications. The participants also visited the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Public Enterprises, Mrs Seema Bahuguna, accompanied by HE Param Jit Mann, Ambassador of India and Col. Sharad Rastogi, Dir (Central Europe), Ministry of External Affairs graced the concluding ceremony with their presence and interacted with participants.

NIFM Conclusion