Congressional amendments push Brazil’s 2018 defence budget into growth

15 December 2017

Brazil’s congress approved the country’s draft budget for 2018 on the evening of 13 December, passing a defence budget 1.1% higher in real terms than 2017’s. BRL100.6 billion (USD30.7 billion) was allocated to the Ministry of Defence, up BRL8 billion from the initial draft presented at the end of August.

Despite Congress’s significant 8.6% increase to funding for the armed forces, which replaces the 7.0% annual real contraction originally proposed, relatively few changes have been made to the budget since an intermediate draft was released in October.

The major effect of amendments in this draft, retained in the version passed by congress, was the scrapping of a proposed large cut to defence investment funding.

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