Morocco is the second major arms purchaser in Africa 2
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Kheireddine Batache
Friday 16 March 2018 Last update on Friday, March 16, 2018 At 11:23 AM

According to to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Morocco is the second most important buyer of weapons in Africa. The neighbour, Algeria, is the leader.

 

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Between 2013-2017, Morocco became the largest buyer of arms in Africa with 12% of the overall weapons imported by the continent’s countries. A report issued by the SIPRI shows the progression of Morocco in terms of military expenditures. At the same period, the kingdom completed major acquisitions worth around 8, 6 billion dollars from France.

On the other hand, Algeria still at the top of the list with more than a half of the overall arsenal of Africa (52%). The Mediterranean country is one of Russia’s most important partners in this area. Nigeria is completing the podium of African main arms purchasers with 5, 1%.

The difference is that Morocco is planning to enhance a new strategic plan to reduce its dependence on foreign weapon suppliers through the setting up of arms factories with the aim to reinforce its standing as a leading African military power with a potential to export.

Meanwhile, Moroccan defense budget continues to move up to 3, 5 billion dollars allocated for 2018, reaching 3, 9 billion dollars by 2022.

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