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Information picked up by the Republic Newspaper indicates that the opposition New Patriotic Party?s (NPP) planned demonstration against President Mahama when he visits Berlin has flopped as organizers are finding it difficult to convince Ghanaians in Germany to leave their busy schedules to attend the protest.

One of the NPP?s communications executives, Hopeson Yaw Adorye and his compatriots are said to be frantically combing the entire Berlin to get willing volunteers to add up to the paltry numbers that followed them from Ghana.

Sources say the timing for the demonstration was just not right and that even ?if the said demonstration takes off as scheduled today (Tuesday, January 20, 2014), it would just be a handful of ?jobless? Ghanaians living in Berlin who may participate.

The Republic has gathered that the protest did not receive the blessings of the hierarchy of the party; it was rather a scheme by a few individuals in the party to fatten their bank accounts on the pretext of staging a demonstration.

The party has already sent out word to its underlings across the country and in Europe to converge at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin on Tuesday to stage a ?make-believe? demonstration during the business forum.

The apparent failure of the NPP?s Berlin protest is said to be due to its vague focus and ill-timing.

The party has directly organised and have clandestinely sponsored civil society groups to stage demonstrations in the past few months. A bulk of these demonstrations has been total failures.

Critics, assert that the NPP?s Berlin protest is a desperate attempt at discrediting the government after several failed similar demonstrations in the country.

The curious timing of the demonstration coincides with President John Mahama?s administration?s recent decision to highlight all the development projects it had undertaken in the past years by flooding the mass and social media with evidence of these development projects.

Ghanaians who are steering clear of the NPP demonstration in Berlin are reportedly wondering why the party would be choosing an occasion where President Mahama is billed to address several investors planning to set up shops in Ghana to stage a protest.

Meanwhile, President John Dramani Mahama, on Sunday January 18, 2014, arrived in Berlin for his State visit where he will on Monday hold discussions with Federal President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, and the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel.

The visit is expected to strengthen ties between the two countries and explore new avenues for cooperation.

After his interaction with the German political hierarchy, President Mahama is scheduled to address a businesses and investors at the Ghana Business and Investment Forum scheduled for Berlin. Already, the event has been sold out as investors are scrambling over themselves to attend and possibly seal some important deals with Ghana.

The event is being organised by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana) in partnership with the Afrika Verein e. V. and the KFW Bank Group.

Discussions at the forum are expected to be centred on bilateral business opportunities and upcoming projects in Ghana in the Energy, Agriculture, Mining and Oil & Gas sectors among others.

The event will also feature speeches by German representatives of state and industry on the role of German companies in Sub-Sahara Africa and how to further enhance business opportunities in the West African Region.

Even though the NPP is feverishly projecting the event as an NDC event, organisers of the event have stated that the event is open to all Ghanaians looking for business partners abroad and Europeans seeking?to invest in Ghana.

Source: The Republic

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