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.