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List of Highest Military Spending in Africa

Posted by Ethio Tribune on August 19, 2013

Something here strikes the eye. Some of the best performing economies spend least on military whilst most of the struggling economies still find so much money to spend on the military. Maybe the spending is directed to the military to win the support of the army by the politicians. Or maybe it is because of the mis-spending that these weak performing economies have yet to pick up. I have yet to understand the large military spending in Africa. This must stop. Hopefully the continental army proposed by the AU will help.

Here is the list of African countries and the percentage expenditure as part of the GDP. Whilst the money goes to defense forces and other military related things, I wish that African politicians will soon realize that the best defense for our generation against poverty and insecurity is education, not guns. Guns have failed Africans, we need pens, not bullets.

1.
Eritrea

6.30

2.
Burundi

5.90

3.
Mauritania

5.50

4.
Madagascar

5.10

5.
Morocco

4.80

6.
Algeria

4.30

7.
Guinea-Bissau

4.30

8.
Sudan

4.20

9.
Zimbabwe

3.80

10.
Namibia

3.70

11.
Djibouti

3.60

12.
Guinea

3.40

13.
Libya

3.10

14.
Angola

3.00

15.
Botswana

2.80

16.
Comoros

2.80

17.
Central African Republic

2.60

18.
Swaziland

2.60

19.
Egypt

2.20

20.
Lesotho

1.90

21.
Togo

1.90

22.
Gabon

1.80

23.
Kenya

1.80

24.
Uganda

1.80

25.
Zambia

1.80

26.
Congo, Republic of the

1.70

27.
Ghana

1.70

28.
South Africa

1.70

29.
Chad

1.60

30.
Senegal

1.60

31.
Benin

1.50

32.
Cote d’Ivoire

1.50

33.
Tunisia

1.50

34.
Cameroon

1.30

35.
Mali

1.30

36.
Rwanda

1.30

37.
Congo, Democratic Republic of the

1.20

38.
Burkina Faso

1.10

39.
Ethiopia

0.90

40.
Niger

0.90

41.
Nigeria

0.90

42.
Somalia

0.90

43.
Tanzania

0.90

44.
Liberia

0.80

45.
Malawi

0.80

46.
Gambia, The

0.70

47.
Mozambique

0.60

48.
Sierra Leone

0.60

49.
Sao Tome and Principe

0.50

50.
Cape Verde

0.40

51.
Equatorial Guinea

0.10

52.
Mauritius

0.10

 

We may all believe as we should that…

 

Africa is the future

 

But realizing the future requires a better…

 

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Not…

 

guns

(source: http://theafricaneconomist.com/list-of-highest-military-spending-in-africa/#.UhHyqD_4nlY)

One Response to “List of Highest Military Spending in Africa”

  1. shibtam said

    Bravo Ethiopia …by minimizing our security

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