Are actual defence purchases made public?
Qatar score: 0/100
Defence purchases are rarely (if ever) made public, even though an aggregate total spend may be disclosed.
Some defence purchases are not made public, and there is no security justification as to why this information is withheld.
Some defence purchases are not made public. Security or confidentiality is often given as a reason for such secrecy but this is partly, but not fully, justified.
Defence purchases are made public with almost no exceptions. Most of the information listed in score 4 is released, but some information is in aggregate or abbreviated form.
Defence purchases are made public in detail, with almost no exceptions. Very little data from the tender/contract is redacted for national security reasons. For both confidential and non-confidential purchases, there is disclosure of the tender and the contract award. For the contract, there is a description of the item purchased, the winning bidder, the beneficial owners, price paid, whole of lifecycle costs, cost of servicing, costs of parts, and delivery/completion date.
The Qatari Government does not release any information in relation to defence purchases on its official website. The only online presence of the MoD is a Twitter account. Most of the information regarding defence is considered to be classified state secrets, and it is almost impossible to retrieve any official information around defence purchases (1,2). There is a high chance that the government announces substantial purchases or purchases included in a bilateral agreement. However, it is rare to announce or publish the routine purchases of the MoD and its agencies (3).
(1)Interview, Qatar Military Officer, Doha, Qatar, May 11-12, 2019.
(2)Interview, Admin Officer, Qatari armed forces, Doha, May 13-14, 2019.
(3)Interview, Financial Officer, Qatari MoD, Doha, May 15-16, 2019.
61b. Accessible data
Qatar score: 0/100
Data is rarely, if ever, released in a accessible format.
Data is sometimes released in an accessible format.
Data is almost always released in an accessible format (e.g. excel file) which allows for useful comparisons (e.g. how many tenders a company has won).
It has been established that the Qatari Government does not release any official information about its purchases through official means.  As there is no public deliberation, and motives of accountability, the Government sees no reason to publish such data. Most information in relation to defence is considered confidential. There is no accessible data in relation to defence purchases, although some information may be sporadically reported through foreign media platforms. [2,3] However, comprehensive information about purchases has historically never been released in an accessible format through official means.
(1) Interview, Financial Officer, Qatari MoD, Doha, May 15-16, 2019. (2)”Russia ‘to supply S-400 system to Qatar’ despite Saudi position”, Al-Jazeera, June 6, 2018, https://bit.ly/2kK3lUz.
(3)”Qatar signs $3.7 bn deal to buy military”, Al-Jazeera, March 15, 2018, https://bit.ly/2tSgXo7.
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|Country||61a. Comprehensiveness||61b. Accessible data|
|Algeria||25 / 100||0 / 100|
|Angola||25 / 100||0 / 100|
|Burkina Faso||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Cameroon||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Cote d'Ivoire||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Egypt||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Ghana||50 / 100||50 / 100|
|Jordan||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Kuwait||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Lebanon||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Mali||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Morocco||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Niger||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Nigeria||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Oman||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Palestine||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Qatar||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Saudi Arabia||0 / 100||0 / 100|
|Tunisia||25 / 100||0 / 100|
|United Arab Emirates||25 / 100||0 / 100|