Zakat, Waqf, Tax and Economic Development (ZAWED) International Conference has successfully conducted in 1-2 December 2019. This event was officially hosted by Institut Penyeledikan dan Inovasi Zakat (IPIZ) of Northern University of Malaysia collaborated with Lembaga Zakat Negeri Kedah (LZNK) in Lagkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. The ZAWED committee invited the Director of BAZNAS Center of Strategic Studies (Puskas BAZNAS), Dr. Muhammad Hasbi Zaenal, to share to the audience about what was and still BAZNAS do in zakat management notably in research areas.

At the plenary session of ZAWED 2019, Dr. Muhammad Hasbi Zaenal emphasized the importance of zakat research to support and escalates the collection of zakat, zakat management, the distribution and the empowerment of zakat. Moreover, He added that BAZNAS as the main global player in Zakat has been implemented some relevant zakat research to boost the BAZNAS operation such as the National Zakat Index, BAZNAS Welfare Index and BAZNAS Index for Water and Sanitation Hygiene.

Furthermore, to contribute at the parallel session and to catch international attention, Puskas BAZNAS delegated its Senior Researcher, Mr. Abdul Aziz Yahya Saoqi, to present the Puskas BAZNAS research entitled Constructing the Indicator Model of Zakat Literacy Index at ZAWED International Conference 2019. The research aims to develop the indicators to assess quantitatively the level of understanding of certain community regarding zakat issues. Many international audiences appreciated Puskas BAZNAS that has been initiated this project and hopefully it could be implemented in the near future.