Public Procurement remains a key focus for policy makers in this time of global downturn and austerity. As such both academics and practitioners have a desire to share their research and practice in and open and transparent environment. In Arusha, Tanzania, the eighth International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC8) will take place. The IPPC is one of the largest, if not the largest, international public procurement conference globally dedicated to academic discussion and practitioner engagement. Over the last 13 years having built its profile in attracting partcipants from over 100 countries, it is hoped that the conference in Arusha will exceed this.