Morocco’s OCP Group has awarded a $180K six-month contract for public affairs services to Cogent Strategies.

The phosphate fertilizer giant, which is 94 percent owned by the Government of Morocco, has been waging a battle with the Commerce Dept. over countervailing duties.

Cogent’s contract with OCP North America calls for drafting messaging, handling media outreach, writing op-ed pieces and supporting paid media efforts and conducting targeted outreach on Capitol Hill.

OCP has a history with US firms.

In 2020, it signed $300K one-year contracts with FleishmanHillard and Cornerstone Public Affairs.

It also inked a pact with CCO Communications for outreach pegged at a $300 hourly rate.

CCO Communications is the firm set up by Tom Forsythe, who was CCO and VP-global communications at General Mills.