A sharp increase in the budget in the PLF 2023

Morocco has raised the defense budget, in the finance bill for the year 2023, to a record level of nearly 120 billion dirhams, an increase of 5 billion dirhams compared to the finance law. for the year 2022.

This manna should be allocated to the acquisition of armaments in the expenses of the heading “Acquisition and maintenance of equipment for the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and support and development of the defense industry”.

The budget for the Royal Armed Forces in the Finance Act 2023 is approximately $17 billion. The finance bill revealed for the first time Morocco’s willingness to allocate funds to defense industries, in addition to acquiring arms abroad. Article 38 of the new finance bill specifies that the amount allocated in advance during the 2023 financial year to expenditure authorized by the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government responsible for the management of the national territory is 119.766 billion dirhams.

The national defense administration budget in Morocco represents more than 3.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). During the discussions of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, it was indicated that the allocated budget was insufficient, given the multiple missions undertaken by FAR, particularly in the face of security threats in the region, which require constant vigilance. of all the components of our Royal Armed Forces.

Abderrahmane Mekkaoui, an expert in security and military affairs, pointed out in a statement to MoroccoLatestNews that “the mad race between Morocco and Algeria towards armaments dates back two decades “. And to add,But this time it becomes clear that there is a collective obsession in this region with the need to have the latest weapons.“. The expert said that “Algeria has recently allocated 23 billion dollars to the defense budget and to the acquisition of arms. This amount has just been included in the 2023 finance law. This budget will have to be voted by the Algerian parliament at the end of November. Since 2004, the Algerian military budget has been around 10 billion dollars annually“.

The senile regime of Algiers has therefore decided to double the budget of its armies in a single fiscal year. Bigger! when we know that Algeria was already in the top 30 military budgets in the world. For the expert, this meansthat she is obsessed with war both internally and externally“. Mekkaoui pointed out that “the Algerian leaders consider that the weapons available in the country are no longer usable and must be rehabilitated due to the country’s desert climate“. Mekkaoui said that “the regional context, which is characterized by the conflagration of international and Mediterranean fronts from Egypt to Nigeria, pushes Algeria to protect its national security by buying new weapons“, noting that”the future of wars is “drones and ballistic missiles”“.

Our interlocutor felt that “Algeria is trying to drag Morocco into war at the expense of development to create social and economic problems inside the Kingdom“, noting that”Morocco has chosen to enter into arms contracts to acquire high-tech and expensive weapons such as drones and “Apache” helicopters by option of quality at the expense of quality“. This new Algerian military budget of more than 22 billion dollars fits, we imagine it in a context of tensions between Algeria and Morocco having for cause the question of the Moroccan Sahara.

In this context, it is normal that Morocco has thus endowed itself with a substantial military budget for 2023. Morocco has been supplied with drones and missiles from Turkey and China. Furthermore, Tel-Aviv is becoming a supplier of sophisticated arms to Morocco. Also the Algerian soldiers seem to be preoccupied by the technological leap that the Moroccan army has just taken and are certainly making quantitative purchases, but far from doing the trick. This increase in the Algerian military budget is partly financed by the rise in the price of hydrocarbons. The price per barrel has gone from $23 in 2020 to $94 today. More than 60% of the Algerian state budget depends on gas and oil export resources.

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