Bandung, West Java (ANTARA) - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil stated that the community's sacrificial animals and zakat (alms) that increased in value during this Eid al-Adha showed the province's post-pandemic economic recovery.

Kamil conveyed this statement after performing the Eid al-Adha prayer along with thousands of residents at the Al Jabbar Grand Mosque, Bandung City, West Java, on Thursday.

During this year's Eid al-Adha, he noted that the value of sacrificial animals increased to Rp152 billion (US$10.1 million) as compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile, he noted that Rp3.4 trillion (US$226.7 million) of alms money was already being managed.

"In 2022, the alms recorded was Rp2.4 trillion (US$160 million). This year, from January to June, it has reached Rp3.4 trillion," Kamil explained.

His side has forecast that the collection of alms and other funds will reach Rp3.7 trillion by the end of December.

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On that occasion, Kamil also bid farewell to his post of West Java governor, as his term of office was coming to an end.

He expressed optimism that the acting governor, who will assume the position, would continue to make improvements in the economic sector.

In addition, he ensured the proper placement of street traders around the Al Jabbar Grand Mosque.

Kamil said his side has evaluated the location of street vendors at the mosque and had made improvements to it, as earlier, they were scattered in the first three months since the mosque's inauguration.

"This morning, I am grateful for the extraordinary numbers, like the connectivity index, religious harmony index, and other indexes," he stated.

Bank Indonesia (BI) West Java has forecast a three-percent annual inflation rate in the province this year.

Head of the BI West Java Representative Office Erwin Gunawan estimated that this year's annual inflation will be stable.

West Java recorded economic growth of five percent in the first quarter of 2023.

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