Myanmar’s parliament began the 11th session of the AmyothaHluttaw (Upper House) and the PyithuHluttaw (Lower House). In his opening address to the Lower House, speaker Thura U Shwe Mann said that issues discussed during this session included possible amendments to the 2008 constitution, the state budget and other important laws that need to be rectified a little over a year before the country’s General Election. It is also expected that the government will decide on which foreign banks will be permitted licenses to operate within the country.