The Senegalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad inaugurated, on Friday, February 05, 2021, its new Directorate of Legal and Consular Affairs. This is an old grievance of Senegalese in the diaspora that has just been materialized.
Aïssata Tall Sall, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, inaugurated on Friday the premises of the new Directorate of Legal and Consular Affairs. “The civil status is an extremely important administration in a State which wants to be respectable and reliable, because it is from the civil status that the declarations of births, marriages, deaths, that a State constitutes all that can be called its statistics, ”she explained. According to her, it is from these statistics that her development policies are drawn, that her development partners can carry out analyzes.
The mayor of Podor believes that this is an extremely important area for a state that wants to be respectable like the state of Senegal and like its administration. “This is the reason why His Excellency President Macky Sall instructed us to do everything, we, all government ministers but particularly us as far as we are concerned, to secure our civil status to make it more reliable. But you cannot have a civil status without having the material structure that should support it ”, Aïssata Tall Sall underlined.
This office’s mission is to receive all declarations from Senegalese, relating to civil status, when they are abroad. It concerns in particular certificates of marriages abroad, the declaration of children at birth and also death certificates abroad. “And all of these acts must be recorded here in the registry office. It is also a translation agency; because it happens that we receive documents in foreign languages ”, indicated the Minister. And given that our official language is French, it is necessary, according to Aïssata Tall Sall, that these documents be translated and certified by the ministry as being true translations in order to be taken into consideration.
The Minister for Senegalese Abroad also emphasized the organization set up within the civil status office to enable Senegalese in the diaspora to benefit from quality service. “Everything has been done so that our compatriots do not waste time, that they are received in better conditions, with tickets to be able to secure the ranks and that there is no scrambling let alone total mess. And that is extremely important, ”she assured.