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Yemen wastes time

Yemen's National Dialogue is hindered by a lack of accountability and effective time management.
People chat as they sit at a marketplace in the Old Sanaa city November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR3AK1H
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Rarely does a Yemeni activity start on time. And when that does happen, you’ll find that a number of participants have not yet arrived. A meeting may be delayed by more than an hour because the meeting’s chairperson is late.

Yemenis abhor this habit, but yet keep practicing it. They express the importance of punctuality for meetings with a saying: “It’s an English promise, not a Yemeni one.”

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