|About the ICPE|
The International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) is a intergovernmental organization, with its headquarter in Slovenia set up on a United Nations initiative in 1974, with member countries from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, mandated to pursue and promote international cooperation in areas related to the transfer of technology, sustainable entrepreneurship and promotion of knowledge-based societal change through research, training, consultancy an information services in these fields.
In addition to hosting international expert group meetings, global fora, seminars and training programs for public officials, businesses and scientists, the ICPE conducts an international MBA program (in collaboration with the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics), which has produced over 600 participants from 45 countries over the last 21 years.
The ICPE has been publishing the International Journal of Public Enterprise for over 30 years and has produced over 50 other publications in cooperation with ILO, UNIDO and the World Bank, all of which are available internationally.
To date, the ICPE is the only intergovernmental organization headquartered in Slovenia, which include conference and workshop / seminar facilities, as well as a hostel for participants, right in the heart of Europe.
ICPE maintains close contacts with UN programs and agencies, especially UNIDO in Vienna, as well as the IFIs and the EU.
The work of the ICPE has been highlighted in number of EU strategic documents, including the 2009 EU-Brazil Summit Joint Statement and the EU-India Joint Action Plan, and the 2009 EU-India Summit Joint Statement.
Since the ICPE’s establishment in 1974, many joint projects have been undertaken with regional and national chambers of industry and commerce as well as universities, private and public enterprises and other institutions around the world, including in countries outside the ICPE’s membership.
The ICPE traces its origins to the International Center for Public Enterprises in Developing Countries set up on a UN initiative in 1974 (Statute 1976), which was reconstituted as an intergovernmental organization in 1980 with more than 40 developing countries as its member states. In 1997 the formal name was changed to International Center for Promotion of Enterprises by a Resolution of the ICPE Assembly (Statute 1997). This gave the Center a more ‘inclusive’ and broad-based mandate in keeping with the changed economic and political priorities of the new host country, Slovenia, and many of the leading member states, including India.