Paraguay’s Top Military Leaders Request Financial Resources For Military Modernization
By Dialogo July 27, 2011
Representatives of the Defense Ministry, under the direction of Cecilio Pérez Bordón, and the Paraguayan Armed Forces will go to Congress to request more financial resources for the project to modernize the three branches of the armed services.
Already in 2010, the defense budget was expanded from 760.97 billion guaranís to one trillion, as the local publication ABC Color recalled, on the same grounds, with the focus chiefly on refurbishing infrastructure in El Chaco and purchasing armaments.
The appearance by the military representatives also aims to explain the exceptional direct purchase procedure, questioned by some sectors due to the suspicion of possible favoritism with regard to certain firms.
In all, the contracting units of the Army and Navy are currently in the process of purchasing a variety of equipment, such as combat vehicles, planes, and ships, as well as maintenance and repair services worth several tens of millions of dollars.
At the beginning of July, Army Gen. Felipe Melgarejo publicly called on the Treasury Ministry to find around 400 million dollars in financing in order to carry out “the true modernization” of the Armed Forces.