The Indonesian government has approved an increase in the proposed defence budget for 2020, taking the allocation to IDR131.2 trillion (USD9.6 billion).
The new figure amounts to a year-on-year increase of 20% and a rise of IDR3.8 trillion over the originally proposed 2020 defence allocation of IDR127.4 trillion.
The approved defence budget was confirmed in a document recently published by the Ministry of Finance, outlining state expenditure for 2020. According to the document, the defence budget amounts to nearly 8% of government spending for the year.
Although not confirmed by the government, the increase to the proposed allocation is likely directed at supporting procurement objectives.
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