Solo: Vice President Jusuf Kalla opened the National Amil Zakat Agency (Baznas) National Coordination Meeting in the Central Java city of Solo on Monday, March 4, 2019.
"Zakat is a religious obligation. It is different with modern taxation," former Golkar Party chairman told the participants of the forum.
Zakat is a form of alms-giving. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam
In Indonesia and most Muslim-majority countries, zakat contributions are voluntary. In a handful of Muslim-majority countries, zakat is mandated and collected by the state.
The meeting was reportedly attended by as many as 650 Baznas officials. It was also attended by Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and a number of regional leaders.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo recently announced that the government is planning to build more than 3,000 training centers in Islamic boarding schools. He underlined that his administration is committed to support Islamic economy sector in the country.
"I have instructed Manpower Minister to build training centers. I strongly believe that our human resources can compete against other countries," the former Jakarta governor said during the 2019 Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Great Conference last month.
The Manpower Ministry built around 50 training centers in 2017. The number increased to around 75 training centers in the next year.
According to a report from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesia's poverty rate stood at 9.66 percent in September 2018. It decreased by 0.46 percentage point compared to September 2017.
The number of poor in Indonesia stood at 25.67 million people in September 2018. It decreased by 0.91 million people compared to September 2017.
In the meantime, Indonesian economy grew by 5.17 percent in 2018. It was Indonesia's highest annual growth in five years.
Indonesian economy grew by 5.18 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018,. The growth was slightly stronger than earlier expectations.