Cambodia boosts 2017 defence budget

7:11:00 PM
PHNOM PENH, -- Cambodia has allocated USD455 million for the country's 2017 defence budget, the government in Phnom Penh has announced.

The expenditure represents a 19% increase over the 2016 defence budget of USD383 million.

According to government statements covered by national media, the 2017 defence budget accounts for around 9% of the total government expenditure in the year.

Hun Manet, the eldest son of prime minister Hun Sen, who is also a lieutenant general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), told the Phnom Penh Post that a large part of the 2017 defence budget will go towards a pay rise for military personnel.


The Royal Cambodian Air Force Harbin Z-9 Medium Utility Helicopters at Phnom Penh International Airport.


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