Bordeaux- Morocco is allocating nearly $4 billion for its defense for 2014, while Algeria's tops at $12 billion.
Bordeaux– Morocco is allocating nearly $4 billion for its defense for 2014, while Algeria’s tops at $12 billion.
While most departments’ budgets were reduced for 2014, defense seems to remain a central topic for Morocco. From 31.30 billion dirhams in 2013, it is increasing to 31. 53 billion dirhams in 2014, a 0,7% increase.
21.93 billion dirhams are being devoted to Abdellatif Loudiyi’s staff and 5.35 billion dirhams are to be allocated to the purchase of “equipment and miscellaneous expenses.” This last amount is exactly the same as last year’s, but leaves the army free to buy the equipment it wants.
Moreover, 4.25 billion dirhams will be dedicated to the “investment and credit payment.” This budget is to be divided by two by 2015.
Despite this slight increase, it must be noted that Morocco’s budget is much lower than Algeria’s. Morocco’s neighbor is raising its allocation to defense by more than a billion dollar, reaching $12,45 billion. Defense will, therefore, become Algeria’s most expensive department in 2014.
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