Is there a legislative committee (or other appropriate body) responsible for defence budget scrutiny and analysis in an effective way?
13a. Formal rights
Qatar score: 0/100
No such legislative committee exists, or it lacks any formal powers over the defence budget.
There is a defence committee with formal rights of scrutiny of the defence budget, but lacks some of the powers listed in score 4.
There is a defence committee with extensive formal rights of scrutiny of the defence budget. The committee has the power to scrutinise any aspect of budget and expenditures. The committee is in a position to require expert witnesses to appear in front of it.
The Advisory Council, which is not a legislative body, does not have a committee that scrutinizes the defence budget. There is no legislative committee that has formal powers over the defence budget. The legislature has five main committees, 1) Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee, 2) Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, 3) Services and Facilities Committee, 4) Internal and External Affairs Committee, 5) Committee for Cultural Affairs and Information. However, none of these committees have any responsibility related to the defence and security budget. Matters related to Ministry of Defence affairs and the armed forces do not get scrutinised and/or audited [1,2]. The Emir, who is also the chief commander of the armed forces, has the final say in relation to approving budgets. Defence budgets are handled with extreme secrecy and are highly confidential [3,4].
(1)” Law no. (11) of 2016: Concerning the State Audit Bureau”, Contracts Departments, accessed October 17, 2018, https://bit.ly/2P668Z3.
(2) The Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA), accessed October 2, 2018, https://bit.ly/2EwY8fK
(3)Interview, Researcher, NA, May 5-7, 2019.
(4)Interview, Qatari Military Officer, Doha, Qatar, May 7-9, 2019.
13b. Influence on decision-making
Qatar score: NA/100
The defence committee has no impact on defence budget decision-making.
The committee reviews the defence budget, but fails to take advantage of its formal powers of scrutiny. It may exercise informal influence over the budget in the case of no formal powers.
The committee reviews the defence budget and attempts to influence budgetary decisions through formal mechanisms, but these attempts are limited.
The committee performs all the functions of score 4, but this may not be in a timely fashion or there may be clear instances where the committee fails to scrutinise effectively aspects of the budget before the start of the fiscal year.
The committee has introduced amendments to the budget and there is evidence that in some instances these have resulted in changes to the budget. The committee engages in mid-year expenditure review and can strike out expenditures before they are incurred.
This sub-indicator has been marked as Not Applicable as there is no legislative committee responsible for defence budget scrutiny and analysis [1,2].
(1)Interview, Researcher, NA, May 5-7, 2019.
(2)Interview, Qatari Military Officer, Doha, Qatar, May 7-9, 2019.
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|Country||13a. Formal rights||13b. Influence on decision-making|
|Algeria||0 / 100||NA|
|Angola||25 / 100||0 / 100|
|Burkina Faso||50 / 100||50 / 100|
|Cameroon||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Cote d'Ivoire||50 / 100||50 / 100|
|Egypt||0 / 100||NA|
|Ghana||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Jordan||0 / 100||NA|
|Kuwait||75 / 100||0 / 100|
|Lebanon||25 / 100||25 / 100|
|Mali||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Morocco||0 / 100||NA|
|Niger||50 / 100||0 / 100|
|Nigeria||50 / 100||50 / 100|
|Oman||0 / 100||NA|
|Palestine||0 / 100||NA|
|Qatar||0 / 100||NA|
|Saudi Arabia||0 / 100||NA|
|Tunisia||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|United Arab Emirates||0 / 100||NA|