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Defense gets biggest budget

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 23 2019   /  12:40 am

The government has again increased the budget for the Defense Ministry, making it the ministry with the biggest budget allocation in the 2020 state budget.The increase, a 16 percent hike compared to this year’s allocation, is aimed at helping the ministry meet the minimum essential force (MEF) target by 2024. The MEF is a 15-year scheme or medium-term plan, which is designed to support the Indonesian Military (TNI) to immediately replace its obsolete weaponry. Beginning in 2010, the program is divided into three five-year terms of strategic planning (Renstra).Since 2015, the first year of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term, the Defense Ministry has received a significant increase in budgetary allocation each year with the exception of 2018, when it saw a decrease. Originally, the Defense Ministry proposed an allocation of Rp 143.5 trillion (US$10 billion) for 2020, but t...