Haitian government pegs Qorvis to help improve its tarnished image

WASHINGTON: The Haitian government has tapped Qorvis Communications

to help polish its image in the US, particularly with American


Following alleged election irregularities in both May and November 2000,

Haiti, an impoverished Caribbean nation with a population of

approximately eight million, was denied dollars 500 million dollars in

previously approved American assistance. Haitian president Jean-Bertrand

Aristide, who was elected for a second time in November of last year,

has been internationally accused of illegally influencing both of last

year's elections through violence and intimidation.

According to Qorvis partner Jim Weber, his firm will engage the media on

the plight of the Haitian people with an eye toward freeing up the

dollars 500 million in aid. "Not a lot of reporters pay much attention

to Haiti," said Weber. "We're going to be trying to guide them through a

process in which we bring to light progress in the country towards

democratization and resolving questions arising from the elections."

Qorvis will also be stimulating a grassroots campaign to mobilize the

approximately one million Haitians living in the US.

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