India needs to redouble its efforts to develop industrial and urban infrastructure that so far have not caught up with the pace of its economic growth, said Indian scholars taking part in a recent symposium in Tokyo who want Japan to play a key role to support such efforts.

Despite an economic partnership agreement that took effect in 2011, trade and investment relations between the two countries have yet to realize their full potential, the experts said, urging Japan to view India also as a platform for exports to the Middle East and Africa.

The experts from think tanks and universities in India were speaking at a symposium organized by the Keizai Koho Center on Dec. 14 to discuss areas of Japan-India cooperation on business, infrastructure building and regional security.