BAZNAS delegation consisting of the Chairman of BAZNAS Prof. Bambang Sudibyo, BAZNAS CEO Arifin Purwakananta and BAZNAS Director of Distribution and Utilization Irfan Syauqi Beik visited Cape Town, South Africa recently to attend the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) 2019. Besides attending GIFA 2019, the delegation was arranged to hold a meeting with Western Cape Government Social Development Minister, Sharna Fernandez and South African Parliament Member, Shahid Esau. Also accompanying the delegation of BAZNAS, the Head of the Indonesian Social Consulate in Cape Town, R Sakunto Paksi.

It was discussed in the meeting, the role of zakat to fight poverty and reduce income inequality, both Indonesia and South Africa, as well as throughout the world, especially through the World Zakat Forum (WZF). The Chairman of BAZNAS said that SANZAF (South African National Zakat Fund) was also very active in WZF activities and he appreciate what has been done by SANZAF.

Among the other current issues discussed were related to combating and controlling forest fires. Western Cape is a province in South Africa that is very prone to forest fires, and they have allocated a lot of resources to handle it. The Chairman of BAZNAS also addressed the same problem and conveyed the role of BAZNAS Disaster Response Agency (BTB) in fighting forest fire disasters, including those which currently occurring in several provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

"We are very grateful for the discussion and sharing between the Western Cape Government and BAZNAS today," Sharna Fernandez said. Sharna also proposed to strengthen cooperation, especially in the exchange of experience and capacity building between the two countries. The Chairman of BAZNAS welcomed the proposal to strengthen cooperation offered by Sharna Fernandez. "InsyaAllah, BAZNAS is ready to collaborate, because fighting poverty, inequality, forest fires and other humanitarian problems requires global collaboration and synergy," Bambang Sudibyo said. The meeting was ended with a dinner hosted by Shahid Esau.


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