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Cameroon to allow 25,000 fans into WC qualifier against Cote d'Ivoire******
YAOUNDE, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon will allow up to 25,000 fans to enter the stadium to watch the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cote d'Ivoire, according to the country's minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie.。
The game is scheduled to take place at Japoma Stadium, with a capacity of 50,000, in the economic hub of Douala on November 16.。
Only fans with negative PCR test result will be allowed to enter the stadium, Malachie said in a statement made public on Friday.。
He said that mobile teams will be deployed to ensure that rapid results are delivered to those tested.。
Cameroon opened its stadia to limited number of fans last month after playing games behind closed doors since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.。
Next week's match will witness the highest number of fans since the authorities began relaxing anti-COVID-19 measures in stadia.。
The Central African nation is also getting set to host Africa's biggest football event, Africa Cup of Nations from January 9 to February 6 next year. Enditem。
Backgrounder: Digital Economy Partnership Agreement******
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has filed a formal application to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA), the Ministry of Commerce announced Monday.。
The DEPA, signed in June 2020 by Chile, New Zealand and Singapore, is a new type of trade partnership agreement seeking to bolster digital trade by regulating issues related to the digital economy, including digital inclusion, data flows and protection, and artificial intelligence.。
It is designed to complement and support the ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on e-commerce, and to build on the digital economy work underway within Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and other international forums.。
The DEPA is divided into modules which cover topics such as business and trade facilitation, data issues, business and consumer trust, innovation and the digital economy, etc.。
The DEPA is an open plurilateral agreement to which other WTO members are eligible to join if they are able to meet its standards.。
The agreement has since attracted interest from Canada and South Korea, with Seoul formally applying to join the pact last month.。
The application to join DEPA is in line with China's direction of further deepening domestic reform and expanding high-level opening-up, and will help the country strengthen digital economy cooperation with other members and promote innovation and sustainable development under the new development paradigm, the ministry said. Enditem。
China's garment industry sees higher profit in Jan.******
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's garment industry reported higher revenue and profit in the first eight months of 2021, official data showed.
From January to August, the combined operating revenue of 12,520 major garment companies reached 905.6 billion yuan (about 141.43 billion U.S. dollars), up 9.6 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Total profits of these companies rose 9.5 percent from a year earlier to 39.6 billion yuan in the period, while the combined output expanded 12.9 percent year on year to 15.2 billion pieces.
The country's exports of garments and accessories increased 28.1 percent year on year to 105.7 billion U.S. dollars. Enditem