Fighting in Kokang and controversial investments such as the Myitsone dam are likely to dominate discussions.
More people in Myanmar have mobile phones than use electricity to light their homes, many more rely on bullock carts than possess cars or vans, and there is still a serious deficit of toilets and potable water.
In the midst of sectarian violence raging in Rakhine State in 2012, President Barack Obama, as the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar, shamed the nation for its treatment of the Rohingya minority.
On the brink of an escalating crisis, with migrant-laden boats bearing down on Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia being repelled back to sea, the region has reached a critical impasse.
Arrival of more than 1000 people from Myanmar and Bangladesh brings home the reality of the crisis in Rakhine State.
The role of military MPs has evolved over past four years but there are no indications they will exit parliament soon.
Formal complaints mechanisms have failed to provide a Yangon family with any answers over the death of U Myo Zaw Oo, a former soldier who passed away in prison in February 2012, just days after being arrested.
In October 2013, the Union government laid out an ambitious development plan for Ngapali beach, with President U Thein Sein reportedly telling local developers that he wanted a Bali on the Rakhine coast.