New Delhi: India and Canada are close to completing the ratification process of their civil nuclear agreement, paving the way for transfer of technology, sale of atomic reactors as well as uranium.
   
Both the countries had signed the agreement last year which will provide access to Canadian nuclear industry to India's expanding nuclear market besides sale of uranium.
   
"Both the governments are close to finishing the ratification process... The announcement will be made soon,"
Deputy High Commissioner of Canada Jim Nickel said here, replying to a question on when both the countries will operationalise the pact.
   
Nickel said Canada was hopeful of starting the process of delivering on what the treaty offers in the form of nuclear technology, services, equipment and sell of uranium. Canada
has a large reserve of uranium.
   
Noting that Canada was looking forward to do nuclear business with India, he said there was scope for cooperation in the fields of nuclear medicines and research.
   
Besides Canada, India has signed civil nuclear pacts with the US, France, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Namibia after the Nuclear Suppliers Group lifted a 34-year-old ban on India to join global nuclear trade in September 2008.
   
Nickel said both the countries are also negotiating an Audio Visual co-production treaty under which film makers and media industry will get tax concession and other incentives in
each other's country.

Large number of Bollywood filmmakers go to Canada for shooting of movies and Nickel said with signing of the treaty the filmmakers will get a lot of benefits.
   
Nickel said Canada would introduce a new visa regime in July under which Indians will be eligible for 10-year multiple entry visas to that country.
   
Seeking deeper cooperation with India, he said 2011 is being celebrated as the 'Year of India in Canada'. As part of the celebration, a Canada-India Education summit and a
Canada-India innovation Summit will be held in that country this month.
   
Nickel said vice chancellors of 20 leading Indian universities including Delhi University VC Dinesh Singh and Jamia Millia Islamia VC Najeeb Jung will participate in the two-day education summit beginning tomorrow in Ottawa.
   
Highlights of the summit include rountables on student and faculty exchanges, joint programmes and recognition of degrees, credit transfers, accredition issues and public and
private ventures between instutions of both countries.
   
The two-day innovation summit, to be held from June 20 will try to explore new ground in science and technology.

   
"India is a priority country for Canada and we would like to enhance our cooperation in diverse fields," said Nickel.

(Agencies)