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.