Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin opened the National Working Meeting (Rakernas) of National Board of Zakat (BAZNAS) in Bali, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Optimization of zakat management for the national welfare development become the main target of the institution in the future.

Chairman BAZNAS Bambang Sudibyo said it is in line with Law No. 23 of 2011 on Management of Zakah and Government Regulation (PP) No. 14 of 2014 on the Implementation of Zakat Management. Zakat has become the affairs of the state and the implementation of the mandate of zakah management is submitted to BAZNAS assisted by other zakat institution (LAZ).

"Therefore, the institutional and working system of BAZNAS and LAZ as the OPZ should be strengthened to become a ZISWAF trusting organization which is credible and can ease the burden of the government in improving people's welfare, "said Bambang.

Bambang explained, this national working meeting (Rakernas) followed by the leaders of BAZNAS Center, BAZNAS province, BAZNAS district and city, LAZ national level, provincial and district/city. BAZNAS Board of 2015-2020 period is also determined to continue to improve the management of zakat in all aspects, both collection, finance and distribution and utilization.

"Our efforts are made for the awakening of zakat by building a new paradigm in zakat campaigning, managing finances and in various approaches to the distribution of zakat," he added

In carrying out its duties, BAZNAS also put forward transparency and accountability, by building a strong internal audit unit.

"Since zakat has been included in the Masterplan of Islamic Finance Architecture by Bappenas, we plan all activities of BAZNAS and LAZ to be supervised by the Financial Services Authority (OJK)," Bambang said.

(Source: | Trans: Aneu)