Finding the funds to truck in the construction materials to build the infrastructure that Asia sorely needs is crucial, but far from everything.
Opinions are divided about whether it will be necessary, or even possible, to form a coalition government in Myanmar after the general election later this year.
Beyond a few obvious facts, working out what to do with the many thousands of “boat people” who have been stuck in the vast sea straddling South and Southeast Asia in pursuit of jobs and better livelihoods is a difficult proposition.
Last November presidential adviser U Myint said the government’s approach to statistics would start from scratch. Decades of “disastrous” meddling had long twisted facts to the government’s favour, counting what it wanted to be true rather than what was true.
With the revelation this week that retired generals are thinking about running for parliament as representatives of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, chances are slim that the party will stick by its avowed plan to field more women candidates in the upcoming election.