Sorini, Samet & Associates is working to encourage Congress to pass free trade zones to promote development in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November. The storm killed more than 6,300 people and affected 16M others.

haiyanSS&A has a $15K monthly retainer pact with the Confederation of Garment Exporters of the Philippines to push for U.S. Congressional approval for “Qualified Industrial Zones” in the impacted sector, which would enjoy duty-free access for all Philippine manufactured to the U.S. market.

The firm guided the original QIZs that were set up in Egypt and Jordan. In its contract, SS&A says it understands the policy, politics and technical aspects of trade including the interactions between Congress and the Obama Administration. I

It also possesses the “creativity and tenacity to find solutions to complex political issues.”

The US Agency of International Development has provided nearly $90M in relief for the Philippines.

The bulk of the American money (32 percent) went for logistics and relief commodities. That amount was followed by shelter and settlements (28 percent) and water/sanitation/hygiene (21 percent).