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.


Training of civilian officers of India's Ministry of Defense

In cooperation with Defence Headquarters Training Institute (DHTI), ICPE has organised a two weeks foreign training component for Officers of the Government of India (6 – 17 June 2016) in Slovenia and Austria. The program, attended by 24 senior government officials of Government of India together with Ms. Namita Malik, DHTI Course Director, concluded on Friday, 17th June at the ICPE headquarters. Ambassador of India to Slovenia Mr. Sarvajit Chakravarti interacted with the participants and delivered the certificates on successful completion of the programme.

During the programme the participants were exposed to various administrative and governmental bodies in the Republic of Slovenia and in Austria and visited several companies, such as AREX and Pipistrel. The tourism cluster in Slovenia included Bled and Bohinj Lake, Ljubljana Castle, Postojna Cave, Military Park and Museum of World War I, while in Vienna the participants were able to see the Schonbrünn Palace, Hofburg and the Vienna Military Museum.


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