Algeria’s Military Spending Race ups by 2.3% in 2016

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In Algeria, military expenditure has been increased by 2.3% to $10.654 billion in 2016, maintaining its share of regional expenditure at 50.1%.

In North Africa, including the region of Sahel knew an increase in military expenditure in 2016, a 2.2% rise, compared to the previous year, reaching to more than $21 billion.

The growth reflects the focus of the region’s governments, which managed to spread security and fight terrorism, as well as border protection at a time of spending reductions and austerity measures, according to a report of The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

On the other hand, Egypt, a country that used to be a regional leader in terms of military spending in the 1980s and the mid-1990s, has known its 2016 military spending decrease by 2.2% to reach at $5.3 billion, corresponding to 25.2% of the whole regional spending.

On the other hand, expenditure has been decreased in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East (based on countries for which data is available), South America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Total world military expenditure increased to $1686 billion in 2016, an increase of 0.4 per cent in real terms from 2015, according to new figures from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Military spending in North America saw its first annual increase since 2010, while spending in Western Europe grew for the second consecutive year.

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