Chile taps Fleishman to push trade deal through Congress

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

grassroots strategy.

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