THE government has secured the services of an international lobbying firm for an estimated $1million in a bid to assist in the training and support of the Information Ministry.
Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith Johns confirmed this, saying there was a $1m allocation from the 2012 Budget for Qorvis Communications.
She said Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced that in his budget address last month.
Commodore Bainimarama had said "We are also making investments in institutions to bring them up to speed as modern government institutions".
"We have, for example, brought in an American consultant, Qorvis Communications, to assist with training and support for our Ministry of Information - to ensure its operations take into account advances in social media, the internet and best practices regarding the media," she said.
"They will also help co-ordinate external communications, including promotion and packaging of various investment incentives."
The Qorvis Communications website said it specialised in corporate communications at national and international level with clients like Fortune 500 companies and international companies headquartered in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
"We help companies build and maintain strong reputations, manage difficult crisis issues, enhance shareholder value, and protect their interests in Washington, DC.
"Our ability to effectively identify and isolate our clients' issues on every level comes from our experience and full-service capabilities. And our team includes individuals who have served at the highest levels of management in corporations and associations; in government, from Capitol Hill to the White House; and in the news media, from television to print."