BANDUNG - BAZNAS Center of Strategic Studies (PUSKAS BAZNAS) in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics of the Indonesia University of Education (UPI), Bandung conducted a public expose of PUSKAS BAZNAS research throughout 2018. PUSKAS BAZNAS Public Expose 2018 with a theme 'The Reflection of Zakat Management in Answering the Challenges of Industrial Revolution 4.0' was opened with the keynote speech of BAZANS Commissioner Nana Mintarti, at UPI Campus, Bandung, West Java, Thursday (12/20).

Nana hopes that, through the PUSKAS BAZNAS Public Expose 2018, the community will be more confident and trust the management of zakat by zakat management institution, especially Baznas. "Because what have been done is measured through research and studies that can be justified academically by PUSKAS BAZNAS," she said, Thursday (12/20).

The Public Expose is initiated by the PUSKAS BAZNAS in order to publish the results of research and studies to the wider community. This event can connect zakat activists, practitioners and enthusiasts with various professional backgrounds.

Irfan Syauqi Beik the Director of PUSKAS BAZNAS, said that the purpose of this public expose was to convey to the public what had been done by the Baznas Puskas within one year. This is also a form of academic accountability from the studies conducted by Baznas.

"In addition, there is a public dissemination session inviting expert panelists," she said.

The event was continued with a discussion entitled 'The Performance of National Zakat Management in Responding to the Challenge of the Industrial Revolution 4.0' by presenting four panelists. Among them were Deputy Director of PUSKAS BAZNAS, M Soleh Nurzaman, who presented the Indonesia Zakat Outlook 2019, .

He also discussed the results of the measurement of National Zakat Index 2018 and the results of the Productive Zakat Impact, as well as Zakat Risk Management. Among other things, the condition of national zakat in 2018 has increased compared to the previous year.

This is illustrated by the increase in the value of the National Zakat Index from 0.48 in 2017 to 0.51 in 2018 per November 2018. This value is in a good range of performance. In addition, the impact of zakat on mustahik welfare is also in a good category based on the national values of Baznas Welfare Index, which is 0.76.

BAZNAS Commissioner, Irsyadul Halim, said that the BAZNAS strategic policy leads the management of zakat in Indonesia for the next two years. The next two panelists responded the results of the PUSKAS BAZNAS studies and strategies for increasing the role of zakat in the future.

The second session discuss 'The Special Issues and National Zakat Management 2018', with panelists Deputy Director of PUSKAS BAZNAS, M. Hasbi Zaenal, Hasbi presented the results of Had Kifayah's study or standards for the feasibility of zakat receiver, then describing the results of economic disaster study.

Also in this event, the launching and giving of the PUSKAS BAZNAS books was conducted by BAZNAS Commissioner Irsyadul Halim to UPI Deputy Chancellor II for Finance, Resources and General Administration Edi Suryadi.