WASHINGTON: Fleishman-Hillard has emerged from a field of nine
agencies as Chile's preliminary choice to help it push a controversial
free trade agreement through the US Congress.
The budget is still under negotiation, industry sources say, and the
contract will be finalized once a price is agreed upon.
The proposed agreement before Congress, which would remove barriers to
trade between the two countries, is opposed by Chilean environmentalists
who descended on Washington this month to try and influence the
They claim the agreement would allow America to exploit Chile's natural
According to several sources involved in the agency competition, the
contract should be worth approximately dollars 500,000 annually, though
the climate for the trade agreement - including the makeup of the US
Senate - has changed dramatically during the months-long pitching
period, which could affect the price tag. The primary focus of the
business will be to develop and implement a media education and