Mercury has landed a $900K one-year pact to represent Gecamines, the cobalt and copper mining giant that is owned by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The $75K monthly retainer contract calls for strategy management & narrative development, think tank engagement, federal government relations, media relations and strategic communications services.

Mercury also received a $25K one-time fee for website development, which included creating an English-language platform for Gecamines.

The US is playing catch-up to China for access to Africa’s mineral assets that are vital for EV battery production.

Bloomberg News reported on March 29 that Jose Fernandez, US State Department under secretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, speaks frequently with Gecamines.

Those talks focus on supply deals and development of new mines.

Mercury’s eight-member Gecamines team includes partners Toby Moffett (ex-Democratic Connecticut Congressman) and John Lonergan (aide to ex-New York Republican Governor George Pataki).

Omnicom owns Mercury.