Oman launches initiative to develop digital zakat system

The aim is to facilitate new modern services to wider populations and beneficiaries

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A customer buys from a trader using Omani riyal currency banknotes.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A customer buys from a trader using Omani riyal currency banknotes.

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Muscat: In a partnership between the Ministries of Endowments and Religious Affairs and the Oman Technology Fund (OTF), a global initiative - 'Oman' - was launched to develop a global zakat system to serve the Islamic world.

Oman, represented by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs and in collaboration with the Oman Technology Fund, launched a global initiative for innovative Omani and Muslim youth to develop a digital zakat system. The global platform serving Muslims by launching a competition with an investment of a quarter of a million dollars to the winning project, where Arab and Muslim innovators in various countries around the world can participate.

The importance of this global initiative comes from working to provide innovative solutions by the youth to one of the most important pillars of Islam which is zakat.

This cooperation between the Oman Technology Fund and the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs aims to expand the benefit from the Omani experience of running an online zakat platform locally for the past five years which was a major success and participated to modernizing the Zakat offering and led to a lot of efficiency in the process.

This was part of Oman government's e-transformation effort which the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs played an important role in. Today, the announcement of the open competition is online on the new phase of government transformation through technology entrepreneurship and innovation lead by youth.

The aim is to facilitate new modern services to wider populations and beneficiaries and to introduce modern technology to simplify the process of offering zakat to the entire Islamic world through a cloud-based system that is accessible everywhere and reach through digital platforms to a greater number of Arab and Muslim followers from different countries.

The participants from all over the world are encouraged to join in this important initiative by filling out a form for the initiative, which was announced through the oft social media accounts and website and the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, and is sent to an email 

Registration is open until the end of June 2020.

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