5 African countries with the highest defense budgets in 2022.

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5 African countries with the highest defense budgets in 2022

5 African countries with the highest defense budgets in 2022

We all can agree that a nation’s national security is a vital priority to them and it requires a huge budget to be built and maintained. A nation’s military is responsible for enforcing domestic and foreign policies to protect its citizens.

It has been essential for many African governments to spend extensively on their defense. That is because some African countries have some conflicts with their neighbors and others are fighting an internal battle.

It will be impossible for countries that are at war to make any progress in their economy. That is why it is imperative for countries to protect their borders and territories. And one of the best ways to do so is by spending a large amount of money to purchase arms and security equipment, constructing military facilities and technology, and also recruiting and training security personnel.

Every country has a defense budget but there are others that spend more than others and that is understandable.

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WHAT IS A DEFENSE BUDGET?

A defense budget is the amount of money a nation’s government allocates to cover the military’s salaries, training, and health care; maintains and purchases arms, equipment, and facilities; funds military operations; and funds the development of new technologies.

AFRICAN COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST DEFENSE BUDGETS

1 . Firstly, ALGERIA

Algerian Army
ALGERIA Military Budget

Algeria spends more on defense than any other country. According to world bank data, Algeria’s defense budget for the year 2022 is $ 9.7 billion. It was increased by $700 million compared to the previous year. The budget is spent on advancing and developing the army, air force, and navy.

2 . Secondly, NIGERIA

nigeria military budget
nigeria military budget

Nigeria is the second country on the continent with the largest budget for defense in 2022. The defense budget allocation for the year is $5.8 billion. The budget is to strengthen the country’s security and enhance its military force. The country’s defense budget contained the expenditure of the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Headquarters, Army, Air Force, and Navy, in addition to other organizations such as Defence Intelligence, College, Missions, and Industries.

3 . Thirdly, MOROCCO

MOROCCO military budget
MOROCCO military budget

This North African country spends $5.4 billion on its defense budget. This amount constitutes 4% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. The budget saw a 3.4% increase from the previous year. Also,  the money allocated will be used to secure some arms deals including state-of-the-art arms and ammunition from fighter jets, to training crafts and tanks.

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4. Next is Egypt

Egypt military budget
Egypt military budget

Other countries with a huge defense budget include Egypt with a military expenditure of $4.3 billion.

5 . Lastly, Libya

Libya military budget
Libya military budget

Also, Libya ranks 5th with a budget of $3.4 billion.

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