Morocco is the second largest arms buyer on the continent, but far behind Algeria, according to a new study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Over the period 2014-2018, the Kingdom represents 15% of arms imports in Africa against 56% for Algeria and 4.8% for Nigeria, says the study published Monday.
The four North African countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) together account for 75% of the continent’s arms purchases, with a 20% increase in imports between the 2009-2013 and 2014-2018 periods.
The United States (62%) and France (36%) were the main arms suppliers of Morocco in 2014-2018. The Kingdom ranks 24th globally, but its weapons imports would have decreased by 35% between 2009-2013 and 2014-2018, says SIPRI.
In the world, Saudi Arabia remains the largest buyer of arms, ahead of India, Egypt, Australia, Algeria and China.