How to Protect Yourself from Failure

November 23, 2013

Setbacks in any career are inevitable, and yet some people manage to succeed despite the worst of setbacks. Their secret is that they know the difference between a setback and failure. The two aren’t the same. A setback has to leave scars before it starts to become a failure. There are ways to protect yourself from being scarred. Some of these can be applied in advance, the way you’d apply prevention before you get sick. Others can be applied after a setback has occurred. But in both cases, anyone can learn the skills that are needed.

In advance:

View yourself as a success, no matter what is happening.

Know your personal weaknesses and deal with them.

Address the influence of fear and anxiety.

Stay immersed in the details of your work.

Have a supportive family.

Participate in a supportive team atmosphere.

Identify with interests outside your work.

Develop core values.

Learn how to be centered.

As you can see, this is a sizable list, which includes some critical elements that even very successful people tend to ignore. Success is not a vaccine against failure. It would make life much simpler if it were, but there will always be challenges that lead to setbacks, and surviving the last crisis, although it will give you some measure of confidence and strength, is only part of the story. The rest depends on the things I’ve listed -let’s examine them in detail.

1. View yourself as a success, no matter what is happening.

Some people grow up feeling so worthy, loved, and special that setbacks affect them much less than other people. They shrug off setbacks and move on to the next challenge. Psychologists don’t seem to know enough about what shapes such fortunate adults when they were children and teenagers. But there’s no doubt that self-esteem can be improved – this is true for anyone. Amazing success has come to individuals with ideal family backgrounds and to those with the worst family background. The more attention you pay to increasing your self-esteem, the less you will be scarred by setbacks.

We don’t have enough space here to go into this topic in detail. There are many popular books on self-esteem. Find one that speaks to you, and begin practicing the recommended steps (I’ve written a book called Spiritual Solutions that covers the topic from the viewpoint of expanding your awareness, since low self-esteem is a form of constricted awareness).

2. Know your personal weaknesses and deal with them.

Most adults are keenly aware of the areas where they are weak, but in a culture where success is too often seen in terms of toughness, admitting a weakness, even to yourself, is considered the sign of a loser. This is far from true in real life, where knowing yourself is an enormous advantage on the road to success. It’s not possible to be all things to all people. No one is a superman or superwoman. If you look in the mirror and honestly assess what you’re good at and what your weak points are, whether it’s a hot temper, perfectionism, procrastination, or any other personal trait, the act of being honest is the first step in getting better. Hiding your weaknesses rarely works, since the people who work and live with us generally know already what our liabilities are.

3. Address the influence of fear and anxiety.

Modern life is anxious and stressful. Medical statistics tell us that prescriptions for antidepressants and tranquilizers keep soaring, but no one knows why something like 80% of these medications go to women. Perhaps they are better than men at admitting how they feel inside and taking steps to get better. The whole area of how to treat psychological problems is controversial and perpetually in flux. Popping a pill may or may not alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, but for certain it doesn’t offer a cure. You need to realize that anxiety is a natural reaction to stress. Reducing the pressure at work makes a good beginning, along with meditation, exercise, and learning to relax outside work. Listen to your body. If you are tired, have trouble sleeping, experience muscle tension or other discomforts, these signals should be heeded before you reach the stage of feeling anxious or depressed. It’s significant that a recent study found that getting enough sleep turned out to be a major preventive in depression.

4. Stay immersed in the details of your work.

Setbacks feel worse when they come as a surprise or shock. This can be ameliorated by knowing in advance as much as you can about any situation. After the economic downturn of 2007, each new crisis caused people to ask, “Didn’t they know how bad things actually were?” Quite often the answer was no. Managers and executives either turned a blind eye, refused to see the looming dangers, or otherwise ignored risks that seem obvious in hindsight. So take heed and practice foresight. Don’t trust in luck; don’t assume you are immune to risks. Don’t delegate detail work to others without keeping track of what’s going on.

5. Have a supportive family.

Fifty years ago it was typical for a husband not to tell his wife about what was happening at work. Today husband and wife are likely to both be working, and there’s no reason for either of them to go it alone. Call upon the support of your spouse, and when you are in the supporting position, lend your full attention to what is going on in your partner’s work life. All of us thrive with encouragement and wilt with discouragement. So having an encouraging partner who believes in you is an essential kind of support. If you currently don’t communicate on this level with your partner, take steps to begin to.

6. Participate in a supportive team atmosphere.

Some people are destined to work alone, writers and artists being the classic examples. Everyone else works as part of a team, and teams build their own culture and atmosphere. The ingredients that go into a good team are well known, so it’s important for you to trust that you are participating in one. If you are part of a good team, everyone is respected and listened to. Each member is given an assignment that fits their skills and interests. The ongoing success of the whole team is constantly valued. No one is an outsider, a scapegoat or bully. There’s a sense of moving forward and growing. Being part of such a team provides a major buffer against setbacks when they loom.

7. Identify with interests outside your work.

Everyone needs both down time and play time, not just on the weekends but every day. If you only live for your work, setbacks can be devastating – witness the alarming rise of depression and suicides among middle-aged men who became unemployed after the recent downturn. The value of down time and play time is that your brain, and in fact your whole body, need this change of pace in order to remain in balance. One study showed that the simple act of getting up from your desk and moving around was enough to normalize blood pressure and heartbeat. This is just one clue to the benefits of varying what your brain does throughout the day. The ability of mind and body to restore balance is miraculous – don’t turn your back on it.

8. Develop core values.

I strongly believe that building a self is one of life’s most important goals. It’s a process that proceeds consciously. The self you were born with is full of potential, and all these years you have been developing those potentials. This has been a central activity even though you might not have used the same words for it. Some potentials are skills and talents – learning to play the piano or drive a car. But by far the most valuable potential lies inside consciousness itself. Deep inside you is where core values become established. Their names are familiar: love, trust, honesty, compassion, self-reliance, devotion, reverence, loyalty, and courage. But have you consciously been working to turn these words into your own personal reality? Such core values, when firmly established, prevent you from being scarred by setbacks – a setback won’t turn into a sense of failure when you possess values that endure external crisis.

9. Learn how to be centered.

I’ve saved for last an ingredient that covers everything else. Being centered means that you can rest within yourself no matter how stormy your circumstances may be. You reside in your own existence. You don’t identify with external markers of value like money, rank, and possessions. Being whole within yourself is the prize that comes after you’ve remained centered for years, because being centered isn’t a passive state. It’s the place from which you learn, grow, observe, decide, and appreciate. People who find that they don’t change with time, who bring the same reactions to new situations, who have little appreciation for life – they are not centered enough to build a self. Instead, their existence is passed reacting to daily events. They are up on good days and down on bad days. Then truly horrible days can be devastating, and after they pass, inner scars remain. So if you decide to work on only one thing that helps prevent failure, this is where to begin.

In the next post we’ll discuss the steps to take after a setback has occurred so that it doesn’t leave scars and make you feel that you have failed.

(To be cont.)

Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than 75 books with twenty-one New York Times bestsellers. What Are You Hungry For? (Harmony, November 12, 2013).


Kennedy assassination front pages: A close look 50 years later

The Buttry Diary

Ogden Standard Examiner front page Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy assassinationI am under no illusion that my thoughts or memories of the Kennedy assassination are any more insightful than all the others you’ve already read and heard for the last month or so.

But I do think the front pages my father saved from November 1963 are pretty interesting.

We lived in Sunset, Utah, at the time. I was a fourth-grader at Doxey Elementary School. My father saved the front page above from the evening edition of the Ogden Standard-Examiner, the daily paper delivered to our home. It apparently started Dad (and then me) on a couple lifetimes of saving historic front pages. This is the oldest of dozens of papers Dad saved over the next 15 years before his death. As the journalist in the family, I got his collection and added dozens (maybe hundreds) more.

Take a look at the front page above. Kennedy was shot at 12:30

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በሳውዲ አረቢያ ሪያድ የኢትዮጵያ ኮሚኒት ግቢ ይገኙ የነበሩ 12 ነፍሰ ጡሮችን ጨምሮ ከ 200 በላይ ስደተኞች በዲፕሎማቱ ትዕዛዝ ወዳልታወቀ ስፈራ ተወሰዱ ።


በሳውዲ አረቢያ ሪያድ የኢትዮጵያ ኮሚኒት ግቢ ይገኙ የነበሩ 12 ነፍሰ ጡሮችን ጨምሮ ከ 200 በላይ ስደተኞች በዲፕሎማቱ ትዕዛዝ ወዳልታወቀ ስፈራ ተወሰዱ ። 

በሪያድ ልዩ ስሙ መንፉሃ እይተባለ የሚጠራው አካባቢ ሰሞኑንን የተቀሰቀሰውን ሁከት ተከትሎ አያሌ ወግኖቻችን መገደላቸው እና በ10 ሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከቤት ንብረታቸው መፈናቀላቸው ይታወቃል። ይህ በዚህ እንዳለ ዛሬ በሳውዲ አረቢያ የሚገኙ ወገኖቻችን ህይወት አስከፊ ገጽታ ላይ ባለበት ሁኔታ በሪያድ የኢትዮጵያ ኮሚኒት ግቢ ውስጥ ከ አንድ አመት በላይ ተጠልለው እንደቆዩ የሚነገርላቸው እነዚህ ወገኖች ወዳልታወቀ ስፈራ መወሰዳቸውን ውስጥ፡አውቂ ምንጮች ገልጸዋል። 

አሰሪዎቻቸው ከሚፈጽሙባቸው ግፍ እና በደል እራሳቸውን ለመታደግ ቀደም ብለው ወደ ኮሚኒትው ግቢ እንደመጡ የሚነገርላቸው እኚህ ወግኖች በሪያድ የኢትዮጵያ ኤንባሲ ዲፕሎማቶች ጉዳዩቻቸውን ተከታትለው ሊያስፈጽሙላቸው ባለመቻላቸው በተጠቀሰው የኢትዮጵያ ኮሚኒት ማህበር ግቢ በሚገኝ፡አንድ ኮንቴነር ውስጥ፡ሲሰቃዩ መኖራቸውን የአይን ምስክሮች አክለው ገልጸዋል። ከ 12 በላይ ነፍሰጡሮች እና የአይምሮ በሽተኞችን ጨምሮ ከ 200 በላይ ስደተኞች በሪያድ የኢትዮጵያ ኮሚኒት ግቢ ያለምንም የህክምና እርዳታ ሲሰቃዩ ከከረሙት እህቶቻችን ውስጥ 3 ቱ በሞት መለየታቸውእና 5ቱ ለአይምሮ ጭንቅት መዳረጋቸው ከኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ልብ…

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7 stories to read this weekend


“Selfie” is the word of the year and a reason for me to go thematic — for the first time — with a list of seven stories dedicated to the selfie.

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In repressive Ethiopia, new ‘Blue Party’ struggles to offer a choice

In repressive Ethiopia, new ‘Blue Party’ struggles to offer a choice

In repressive Ethiopia, new ‘Blue Party’ struggles to offer a choice

With 1,000 Ethiopian laborers being sent home daily from Saudi Arabia, the opposition party is channeling popular outrage. 

By William Davison, Correspondent / November 21, 2013

Source: Christian Science Monitor


Ethiopia is a definite success story in expert opinion about post-cold war Africa. The civil strife that wreaked havoc and made headlines in the 1980s has disappeared. Investments in roads, health, education, and water have improved the daily life of millions.

Yet Ethiopia’s ruling coalition seems intent on maintaining a tight grip on power until its project to transform Africa’s second-most populous nation into a middle-income country is complete.

That authoritarian control makes any opposition difficult – though of late a group called the Blue Party, made up of young Ethiopians who describe themselves as progressive, have attempted to move, if not shake, the nation’s politics in ways not seen here for a decade or more.

Last week the Blue Party tried to organize a protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Addis Ababa, feeding off widespread public outcry over the treatment of Ethiopian migrants and laborers in the Saudi kingdom. Some 1,000 Ethiopians a day are being deported back home and migrant clashes with police in Riyadh are hitting social media here.

Still, instead of allowing Ethiopians to demonstrate their anger, the government forcefully broke up the protest, upsetting even those normally supportive of the government.

What remains unclear is how much repression the rising educated middle class in cities is willing to ignore in the Horn of Africa regime.

Ethiopia enacted a liberal constitution in 1994 that promised a free press, autonomy for some 80 ethnic groups, and multi-party politics. Yet dissenting journalists have still been jailed, minority groups complain of oppression, and elections are uncompetitive.

In the last vote in 2010, out of 547 seats in parliament, the opposition won one.

Ethiopia has been governed by the multi-ethnic Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front since 1991, when rebel groups overthrew a military regime.

In 2005, the opposition, led by a group called the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, won 173 seats in the first competitive election. But months later some 200 people were killed by police when the opposition protested the outcome was rigged. Opposition leaders were jailed en masse.

But now there is some resurgence of opposition against the ruling (EPRDF) coalition.

The Blue Party held the first large demonstration by a political party since 2005 in July, when several thousand supporters marched in downtown Addis Ababa. They demanded the release of jailed politicians and journalists, as well as action against corruption, unemployment and inflation.

Another more established opposition group peeking its head out of the bunker is the Unity for Democracy and Justice. UDJ held a moderately successful demonstration in the capital as part of a “Million Voices for Freedom” campaign. They demanded the release of “political prisoners” and the repeal of the anti-terrorism law used to convict them.

With new voices now emerging the government is taking a two-track approach: Last month Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that multi-party democracy is constitutionally protected and that his administration wants a “constructive, progressive, opposition.”

Yet he issued a warning: If opposition parties mix with banned groups, they will be prosecuted. “Anyone who plays with the fire, then that fire will burn them,” Mr. Hailemariam said.

And there is evidence little has actually changed: Both the Blue Party and UDJ complain of harassment, with offices raided, members arrested and police arbitrarily preventing activities such as distributing leaflets.

Still, Blue Party leader Yilkal Getnet, in his thirties, believes his party will win a majority of the vote in 2015. He is counting on young people that want more freedom and want to move past the divisive ethnic politics of the past and embrace national unity. Mr. Yilkal also thinks another bleary and non-competitive election will lead to increased frustration and instability.

Merera Gudina is a leading member of the Oromo Federalist Congress. The Oromo are Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group and frequently allege that they have remained excluded from power under EPRDF rule.

Mr. Merera has raised funds in the US but thinks the Blue Party optimism is misplaced. He digs out a cardboard box from beneath his desk at Addis Ababa University, where he is a political scientist, and shows an uncounted ballot from 2010 elections. He says that thousands of votes for the opposition were discarded by the ruling party cadres.

But Merera allows that if the ruling coalition does a fair election they may suffer a shock greater than 2005.

“If they open up they are going to lose easily in less than one month of campaigning,” he says.

There are latent frustrations brewing in the current dynamic in Ethiopia, analysts feel, where construction profits are accruing to a corrupt elite tied to the ruling party — while the cost of living for the masses rises.

“Even if they open a small window they know there’s going to be a repeat of 2005,” one senior analyst who could not be named, argues.

Merera says Ethiopia’s political stagnation is also due to divided challengers that can’t agree on a “common agenda,” a analysis detailed in book “Ethiopia: From Autocracy to Revolutionary Democracy, 1960s to 2011.”

In Ethiopia, parties only emerged after the downfall of absolute monarch Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 and they have primarily been vehicles either for rivalry between traditional ethnic elites, or among different Marxist revolutionaries. “Sectarianism, conspiracy and political intrigues have become the hallmark of the Ethiopian political parties and their leaders,” leading to public disillusion, Merera writes.

Ethnicity is a key fault-line among the nascent opposition. Oromo activists argue that in practice, the focus on national unity or universal values by the likes of the Blue Party will bring more of the exploitation that Ethiopia’s minorities historically experienced at the hands of traditional rulers.

“Death Be Not Proud”: Make an Impact Every Day

November 19, 2013 


This post is part of a series in which Influencers describe the books that changed them. Follow the channel to see the full list.

Nonfiction books, particularly business books backed by facts, have had a huge impact on my business life. Jim Collins’s books are the best, and Bob Shiller, Howard Marks, Jack Welch, Warren Buffett, and Ram Charan have also been greatly influential on me. Last year, we gave Jim Collins’s “Great by Choice to about 200 clients, and this year we are giving out Howard Marks’s “The Most Important Thing Illuminated.”

But of all the authors whose books influence me the most, there’s a completely different — and perhaps surprising — book that has had the most impact on me.

Passing Along the Knowledge

When reading, I take notes and then share them with the appropriate coworkers. Last summer, I had an intern consolidate and organize the notes into a 100+ page document that I still don’t know what I am going to do with. The intern got an MBA education in one summer. Most of these books were written by seasoned veterans who learned from their mistakes. I use what I like and don’t like about each of them to shape my thinking regarding running and growing a business and advising my clients.

However, the book that has had the most profound impact on me is one I read as a young teenager. I think about it more than any other book. It probably was the first book I read that made me think about why I was put here on earth. It also taught me the importance of:

  • having a positive attitude,
  • persevering in any circumstance, and
  • focusing on family.

The fact that it’s the first book I read that was a true story with a horrendous ending is probably why it has had the biggest impact on me. “Death Be Not Proud” by John Gunther is the story of his teenage son’s unsuccessful battle with cancer. I thought the book was obscure until I read many of the 152 reviews on Amazon.

I really admire Gunther, who lived every day as if it were his last. I likewise want to make a positive impact every day.

My favorite quote actually comes from my son who, at the age of 5, summed it up perfectly: “If you do your best, you are the best.” I love that. I try to do my best—and always with a positive attitude, as if it will be my last day.–death-be-not-proud-make-an-impact-every-day?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0

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Emirates order ‘should end doubts about A380’

SUPERCARRIER: Visitors walk past the Emirates Airline Airbus A380 aircraft during the 13th Dubai Airshow on Monday. Picture: BLOOMBERG

SUPERCARRIER: Visitors walk past the Emirates Airline Airbus A380 aircraft during the 13th Dubai Airshow on Monday. Picture: BLOOMBERG

DUBAI — Emirates’ whopping order for 50 of the world’s biggest jets should end doubts about the A380 that have tested the nerve of manufacturer Airbus, the airline’s president, Tim Clark, said on Wednesday.

He added that the airline was so sure of filling the aircraft it might have bought 10 more.

The record $23bn A380 order at the Dubai Airshow turned round the fortunes of a recently slow-selling jet that is synonymous not only with Europe’s industrial ambitions, but also the rapid growth of its largest customer. “For us, the A380 is the future,” Mr Clark said.

“I want to make this absolutely clear, to Airbus and the EADS board, that we are here for the long term. We will take more if we can.”

Emirates already dominated the A380 backlog with a total of 90 ordered out of 259 since it was launched in 2000. After the new deal it has 140, or almost half the aircraft on order.

Yet some other airlines have cancelled or deferred as they worry whether they can fill the giant jet in tough economic times. Industry analysts say doubts have grown over whether as many as 30 further aircraft will be delivered as planned.

“I’ve been very vocal with the Airbus management, saying don’t bottle out of this … it’s a really good aircraft,” Mr Clark said.

Sunday’s deal galvanised an already dramatic start to the Dubai Airshow, coming on top of $100bn in orders for a new Boeing jet, including 150 for Emirates. It also ended a dearth of orders for Europe’s iconic double-decker jet.

The apparent shortage of demand had fuelled internal discussion over whether to cut production and review A380 strategy, it was reported last month.

“We were aware of it,” Mr Clark said. “We wouldn’t place orders of this size if we were concerned.”

The new agreement was sealed in less than a week. “They (Airbus) knew nothing about it until Monday last week,” Mr Clark said.

“We gave them a call and said we want these airplanes and this is how we want to do it. At the time, they were having issues with regard to what to actually do, slow production rate maybe.”

Mr Clark said he had always considered Emirates would need at least another 25 or 30 A380s for its fleet. “So what we then did was to re-examine the real estate at the Dubai International Airport and see how we could use every trick in the book” to fit in more aircraft.

“When we did that study, the magic number came up. So we said, let’s have them in.

“We could have done another 10 if we found another bit of space somewhere in the (air)field.”

Airbus officials said there had been preparatory talks for a few months, but confirmed that last week had seen a step-up in the pace of negotiations. Industry sources said the carrier had at first looked at something closer to 20-25 jets.

The sale does not immediately resolve a problem of what to do with an estimated five A380 aircraft remaining to be sold in 2015, for which the first parts must soon be ordered. The unallocated aircraft are worth about $2bn at current list prices, most of which is usually paid on delivery.

Emirates is unlikely to take delivery of those five aircraft since they do not fit its schedule for introducing a complex new in-flight entertainment system, which must be planned well ahead.

Airbus has said it needs to deliver 30 aircraft in 2015 to meet its target of breaking even on the jet that year, but that any shortfall would not have a significant effect on profits. But it could have a stronger effect on EADS’ cash flow.

Emirates and Airbus both expect traffic to grow fast enough in coming years to prove the A380’s worth, but increasingly share an interest in ensuring the project succeeds. Boeing says airlines prefer twin-engined aircraft like its new type of 777.

“We believe business will come,” Mr Clark said, adding Emirates was already detecting signs of recovery in Europe. “You have to fill it — time will demonstrate that you can fill the 500-seater.

“I can name 10 airlines today that I’m convinced can fill the airplanes, who are not operators of the 380.”

Meanwhile, Bombardier said on Tuesday it had signed a letter of intent to sell five CSeries jetliners to Iraqi Airways, the first new deal since June for the aircraft, which the Canadian aircraft manufacturer has spent billions developing. Iraq’s national carrier will buy five of the CS300 jets with options for 11 more.

The news from the Dubai Airshow lifted Bombardier’s shares modestly with investors continuing to be tentative, awaiting more closely watched “firm” orders for the new plane. The transaction, which is valued at $387m at list prices but swells to $1.26bn with options, follows the first flight of the CSeries in mid-September.

The CSeries, a $3.4bn development programme that brings Bombardier into competition with the lower-capacity aircraft built by industry giants Boeing and Airbus, has suffered from several delays and sluggish demand. Testing was slow to start, but is advancing according to plan, CSeries programme director Sebastien Mullot told a Scotiabank Transportation and Aerospace Conference in Toronto on Tuesday.

Bombardier also announced on Tuesday that low-cost Thai carrier Nok Air placed a firm order for two Q400 turboprops with options for two more aircraft and purchase rights for another four, a deal worth up to $258m.


Cyprus university to accept Bitcoin

The University of Nicosia on Cyprus will let students pay their tuition fees in digital currency Bitcoin

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Cyprus‘ biggest private university says it will start accepting the digital currency Bitcoin as an alternative way to pay tuition fees.

University of Nicosia’s Chief Financial Officer Christos Vlachos says the move will help foreign students in countries where traditional banking transactions are either difficult or costly to pay fees for programmes such as online degrees.

The university claims it is the first in the world to take Bitcoin payments.

Mr Vlachos said the university is also offering a new Masters’ degree in digital currency, a field he says is the monetary equivalent of the internet in its infancy.

He said the Cypriot government should set up a regulatory framework to attract digital currency trading companies and boost the bailed-out country’s foundering economy.


ETHIOPIA: Clothing and textile sector expanding rapidly

By  | 20 November 2013

The Ethiopian government has reported export earnings of US$29m for the country’s clothing and textile industry in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (2013-14). 

This exceeds by more than 50% the US$19m earned by the industry in Ethiopia during the same period in the previous financial year.

Ethiopia’s clothing and textile sector is undergoing rapid expansion fuelled by foreign investment.

“With major investment from Turkey, India, China and Europe, Ethiopia’s textile industry is growing very fast. This will continue over the coming year,” Bantihun Gessesse, communications director for the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (ETIDI), told just-style.

The ETIDI expects overseas investment from top international brands and retailers to continue boosting Ethiopia’s manufacturing capacity, which will help the government reach an ambitious US$500m export revenue target for the fiscal year (for all sectors).

During the past fiscal year 58 medium-sized textile and clothing companies joined Ethiopia’s export market, including major Turkish textile manufacturers Angel’s Cotton and Etur Textile Plc. There are currently 110 textile and clothing factories in Ethiopia.

“We plan to raise productivity of our textile factories by 80%,” said Bantihun.

European countries account for around 60% of Ethiopia’s textile and garment export sales, with the US taking most of the remainder.

Ethiopia’s textile and garment exports grew 28% year-on-year during the previous fiscal (2012-13) year to US$84.6m.

‘Kingdom protects rights of illegals’

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    An Ethiopian worker (C) argues with members of the Saudi security forces as she waits with her countrymen to be repatriated in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, in this Nov. 11, 2013 file photo. (Reuters)


Published — Thursday 21 November 2013

Last update 21 November 2013 1:43 am

Saudi authorities continue to protect the rights of undocumented workers at shelter camps and have provided them with food, accommodation and health care, said Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission.

“We have seen excellent services and organized work that meets human rights standards,” he told reporters after inspecting a camp for illegals at the old Princess Nora University building in Riyadh on Wednesday. Al-Aiban and his accompanying delegates inspected the various services being offered by the authorities to undocumented foreigners at the camp, including women and children.
Al-Aiban was briefed on the procedures followed at the camp and the arrangements made for the deportation of illegals.
The commission has been following up on the measures taken by government agencies for legalizing foreign manpower. “The main objective of this process is to organize the residency of foreigners in the Kingdom while protecting the rights of both Saudis and foreigners.”