Are the principal aspects of the financing package surrounding major arms deals, (such as payment timelines, interest rates, commercial loans or export credit agreements) made publicly available prior to the signing of contracts?
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Details of the financing package are not publicly available. There may be no information on whether a financing package exists at all.
The existence of a financing package and the identity of the provider are normally made public, but no further details are likely to be available.
Some details of the financing package are made publicly available, and key elements such as the sums involved and the payment deadlines are included. However details on matters such as interest rates and rules and regulations surrounding default penalties are likely to be limited.
Most details of the financing package are made publicly available prior to the signing of the contract, though some aspects of the package are less precisely detailed than other aspects.
Principal aspects of the financing package surrounding major arms deals are comprehensively detailed and made publicly available after the signing of the contracts. This information includes payment timelines, interest rates, commercial loans or export credit agreements.
There are no details available to the public about financing packages surrounding arms deals, and there is no evidence whether a financing package exists at all.  It has already been established that there is a general lack of transparency in defence decisions, budgets, expenditures, procurement and contracting. [1,2] The Ministry of Defence does not have a web-presence other than a Twitter account.
(1)”Qatar Country Report 2018″, Freedom house, accessed October 15, 2018, https://bit.ly/2IE1pbu.
(2) “Open Budget Survey, 2012”, International Budget Partnership (IBP), accessed October 8, 2018, https://bit.ly/2OAjwFy.
(3)Interview, Researcher, NA, May 5-7, 2019.
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