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17 Settembre 2020

Indonesia

VICE PRESIDENT MA’RUF CAN ‘DO MORE’ TO DEVELOP SHARIA ECONOMY

As a respected elder figure among the Muslim grassroots, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin was initially expected to play a significant role in enacting policies that could benefit Indonesia’s majority-Muslim population. But analysts have suggested that Ma’ruf could still do more to promote the sharia economy and finance. The role of Islamic social finance in Indonesia cannot be underestimated, with Islamic charity and social movement networks reaching deeper and further into the grassroots than most state-led social safety net initiatives. The government launched a masterplan for the sharia economy last year, which provides a five-year development roadmap with a focus on industries such as the food and beverage sector, among other things. “In the midst of the pandemic, breakthroughs in the sharia economy and finance could help the country as it flirts with recession,” Kunto Adi Wibobo, executive director of Jakarta-based pollster KedaiKOPI said.Ma’ruf should encourage the state to focus more on developing the sharia economy, particularly in providing stimulus programs among sharia-based businesses and strengthening sharia institutions to maximize the market’s potential. Even before he was sworn in as vice president, most political observers had written off Ma’ruf as a token figure to bolster Jokowi’s credentials as a Muslim candidate on the campaign trail. Unlike Kalla, Ma’ruf has largely kept out of the limelight since taking public office, save for a few overseas trips to friendly countries and attendance at Cabinet meetings and self-contained Islamic forums. He laid out a plan of action for the movement that includes mainstreaming the idea of Islamic endowments, increasing the number of waqf assets, practitioners and beneficiaries, as well as bolstering synergies between managers of waqf, zakat and other Islamic social funds. Also, on Monday, Ma’ruf also participated in a virtual ceremony for the Global Islamic Finance Award live-streamed from Pakistan – Indonesia’s KNEKS (The National Committee for Sharia Economy and Finance) won the event’s Advocacy award. “This award recognizes the key role of KNEKS in helping to speed up, expand and advance the development of the sharia economy and finance in Indonesia,” Ma’ruf said in a press statement. In Indonesia, the development has a different character to that of other countries, as it is considered one of the pillars of the national economy’s resilience, in sync with the conventional economy. (ICE GIACARTA)


Fonte notizia: The Jakarta Post – 17/09/2020