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Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti said the country's economy is improving but needs a lot more work. Biti is the bright and outspoken lawyer and secretary-general of Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) who is finance minister in the power-sharing government.
Giving a mid-year economic report, Biti said that President Mugabe must abide by all the conditions of the power-sharing government, such as maintaining respect for the rule of law and freedom of the press, before the power-sharing government will win international credibility and receive the financial support it needs to achieve substantial economic growth. Biti forecast economic growth of 3 percent, but most independent economists say that is not likely this year.