The International Conference on the Use of Pesticides in Developing Countries was held as scheduled from the 16th - 20th of October, 2006, at the Arusha International Conference Centre, in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference drew close to 200 participants from all the continents, including participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United States of America, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The conference, which was opened by the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Hon. Prof. Peter Msola and closed by the Regional Commissioner for Arusha, Col. Samuel Ndomba, was also attended by the following local and foreign dignitaries.

      Vice Chancellor, University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Mathew Luhanga,

      The Director General of the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute, Dr. Gratian Bamwenda,

      The Chief Academic Officer, University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Mayunga Nkunya,

      The Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Evelyn Mbede,

      The President of SETAC Europe, Dr. Joke van Vinsem

      The President of SETAC Africa, Prof. Victor Wepener

      The Head, International Cooperation Branch of the OPCW, Mr. Bijoy Chaterjee,

      The Director of the International Programmes in Chemical Sciences (Uppsala University, Sweden,  Prof. Peter Sundin,

      The immediate past President of SETAC Europe, Dr. Fred Heimback

      The immediate past Director of the International Programmes in Chemical Sciences Uppsala University, Sweden,  Prof. Malin Akerblom,

      The Scientific Secretary (Water and Environment) of the International Foundation for Science (IFS), Dr. Cecilia Oman.



The total attendance was about 200 foreign and local participants from various organizations, governmental, non-governmental and industry and over 150 scientific presentations were made, including two special sessions: Prof. Malin Akerblom Valedictory Session and another on the risk assessment of locust control insecticides.


The conference unanimously resolved to serialize the conferences, and decided that such a conference every two years, and Asia was elected to be the next hosting conference, to be held in 2008.


After the conference, many congratulatory e-mails were sent to the Coordinating Office by participants expressing their appreciation and describing the conference as a great success.