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Mozambique’s diplomatic and consular missions in Berlin, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Mbabane, in the neighbouring Kingdom of Eswatini; and Beijing, People’s Republic of China, now have the biometric data capture equipment required for issuing ID cards and passports to Mozambican citizens residing in those countries.
However, according to the recent Coordinating Council of the Ministry of the Interior, only the Mozambican representation in Lisbon is already fully operational, with those in the other countries in the process of finalising the assembly of equipment.
According to Notícias, the data captured will be sent to Maputo where it will undergo a process of analysis and verification. Only after this will the required documents be sent to the diplomatic representations to be collected by applicants.
Interior Minister Jaime Basílio Monteiro explained that, by setting up the data collection platform at embassies and consulates, Mozambican citizens abroad would avoid the cost of personally returning to Mozambique to renew or apply for these documents.
“It will also minimise the cost of sending data collection brigades abroad. We welcome and encourage this process, which will benefit many Mozambicans in the diaspora,” the minister explained.
He admitted that the process was at an early stage and limited to countries with relatively large Mozambican communities, but said it would be extended to other parts of the world where Mozambicans live in due course.Source: AIM Moçambique
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