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Two top Canadian ministers to visit India

world Updated: Jan 08, 2009 09:17 IST

Two Canadian ministers will visit India to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation in the field of immigration, simplify visa procedure for students, businesses and agriculture.

Jason Kenney, minister for citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism and Gerry Ritz, minister for agriculture and agri-food are expected to use their visit to expand the growing breadth of Indo-Canada relations in sectors ranging from immigration to agriculture.

Kenney will meet several ministers of the Indian government and business leaders as well as immigration staff in Canada's New Delhi and Chandigarh visa offices during his visit to India next week.

"Our government has taken unprecedented steps to strengthen the Canada-India relationship," Kenney said.

"Canada benefits enormously from our friendship with the world's largest democracy. Canada's historic ties with India, especially through the Commonwealth, reflect our shared values" he added.

Expressing concern over fraudulent immigration consultants Kenney said, "The Indo-Canadian community has raised a number of important issues with me, including the need to take action against fraudulent immigration consultants, improve visa processing times, encourage immigration from Indian students to Canada, and build stronger connections between Indian and Canadian businesses."

Kenney also said, "I intend to work on fulfilling our government's promise to modernize the immigration system to make it more efficient and responsive to labour market needs, as well as fairer for applicants."