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Zimbabwe economy to grow 6.1 percent in 2014: state media

Zimbabwe's Patrick Chinamasa holds up a briefcase containing the government's budget at the Parliament buildings in Harare, January 29, 2009
Zimbabwe's Patrick Chinamasa holds up a briefcase containing the government's budget at the Parliament buildings in Harare, January 29, 2009

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's economy is expected to grow 6.1 percent next year from 3.4 percent this year on the back of rising revenues, finance minister Patrick Chinamasa was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The southern African country is experiencing an economic slow-down on the back of a decline in agriculture output and jitters surrounding a July 31 election that was won by veteran leader Robert Mugabe.

Chinamasa was quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as saying he expected revenues to rise to $4.4 billion next year from $3.7 billion this year.

He did not give a reason, but the government has said it expects more money from diamond sales after the European Union removed sanctions on the state-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation.

"In terms of key projections the economy is projected to grow from 3.4 percent to 6.1 percent and a nominal gross domestic product of $15.5 billion," Chinamasa said.

Chinamasa could not be reached for comment.

Chinamasa has said he will stick to an IMF staff-monitored program agreed earlier this year as a way of repairing ties and having Harare's debts rescheduled.

An IMF team is due to visit for two weeks from Wednesday, Chinamasa said, to review Harare's progress towards meeting key targets such as keeping inflation in check and putting more money towards capital projects.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Ed Cropley)

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