Myanmar has highest defense spending in ASEAN

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Myanmar armyMyanmar’s defense budget proposal is the highest in ASEAN, says American economist Bard Robertson, who spoke at the 2014-2015 post-budget consultation held by Action Aid Myanmar (AAM) at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce on May 10.

The allocated defense budget for fiscal year 2014-15 has reached 23.2 per cent of the overall expenses.

While some say it is less than that of the previous fiscal year, 29.1 per cent, the military’s $ 125 million is still the highest in ASEAN according to AAM statistics.

Bard Robertson is the American economist hired by AAM to study the economic measures of Myanmar. He based his statistics on surveys conducted in civic organisations from Yangon, Mandalay and Mawlamyine.

He further claimed that the Myanmar government’s proposed budget for development sectors is relatively low to that of the military expense.

Myanmar’s high military budget proportion is due to the ongoing civil war, one of the longest in world history. Military spending dwarfs health, education and other social welfare sectors and makes the country the least developed and second poorest in ASEAN.

Myanmar citizens are demanding more funding for health, education, electricity, transportation and other sectors which are under development.

In ASEAN, Cambodia has used 14 per cent of its budget for its military; Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand ranking third with 13 per cent each. Lao’s defense budget marks the least with 2 per cent, while Indonesia was at 4 per cent.

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Myanmar’s defense budget proposal is the highest in ASEAN, says American economist Bard Robertson, who spoke at the 2014-2015 post-budget consultation held by Action Aid Myanmar (AAM) at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce on May 10.

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Myanmar armyMyanmar’s defense budget proposal is the highest in ASEAN, says American economist Bard Robertson, who spoke at the 2014-2015 post-budget consultation held by Action Aid Myanmar (AAM) at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce on May 10.

The allocated defense budget for fiscal year 2014-15 has reached 23.2 per cent of the overall expenses.

While some say it is less than that of the previous fiscal year, 29.1 per cent, the military’s $ 125 million is still the highest in ASEAN according to AAM statistics.

Bard Robertson is the American economist hired by AAM to study the economic measures of Myanmar. He based his statistics on surveys conducted in civic organisations from Yangon, Mandalay and Mawlamyine.

He further claimed that the Myanmar government’s proposed budget for development sectors is relatively low to that of the military expense.

Myanmar’s high military budget proportion is due to the ongoing civil war, one of the longest in world history. Military spending dwarfs health, education and other social welfare sectors and makes the country the least developed and second poorest in ASEAN.

Myanmar citizens are demanding more funding for health, education, electricity, transportation and other sectors which are under development.

In ASEAN, Cambodia has used 14 per cent of its budget for its military; Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand ranking third with 13 per cent each. Lao’s defense budget marks the least with 2 per cent, while Indonesia was at 4 per cent.

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