KARACHI: Summers of Karachi are incomplete without fresh and delectable mangoes. Today, this fruit has become so popular that hotels and restaurants have dedicated whole festivals around them.
Beach Luxury celebrated the arrival of king of fruits this season with their special “اور Mango مانگو” festival offering exquisite delicacies prepared from fresh mangoes. The mango festival was inaugurated by Counsel General of Japan in Pakistan, His Excellency Mr. Toshikazu Ismoura along Mr. Grant Raubenheimer, Senior Vice President (Operation) of Avari International Hotels Group.
The hotel display area was fully wreathed with colorful buntings and exhibiting a variety of mangoes from all over Pakistan.
While talking to a group of journalists after inaugurating a mango festival here at Beach Luxury Hotel, the Japanese CG said that more Japanese companies are interested to invest in Pakistan in different sectors but are hesitant to, because of frequent changes in investment and trade policies especially about taxation and tariffs.
Continuity of economic policies is must to attract investors, especially foreign ones. The policies should sustain at least for ten years. Investors come with their long-term business plans and it becomes very disturbing for them in Pakistan when new taxes are suddenly levied or the existing ones are increased, Consul General of Japan in Karachi Toshikazu Isomura said.
The Japanese Government and the investors were also seriously watching political developments in Pakistan and expected political stability after the scheduled general elections, which is vital for sustained economic activities, he added.
“Pakistani Sindhri and Chaunsa had big demand in Japan, “he remarked. Last year, 100 tons of Sindhri and Chaunsa were imported by Japan and this volume could be increased to 500 tonnes if Pakistan government provided trade incentives. Japan also imports good quantity of mangoes from Iran. Pakistani mangoes could be their better replacement, he said.
Acting General Manager, Beach Luxury Hotel Syed Kashif Rizvi, said that being king of fruits, mango has unique flavour, fragrance and health promoting qualities. It is widely used ingredient in different cuisines. With passage of time, its use has tremendously increased. Earlier, mango was to be used as dessert but now people do use it as starter, appetizer and main course, he said.