David Abel

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David Abel BC-7086
Minister for National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar
In office
? – ?
Minister of the State Peace and Development Council Chairman's office
In office
? – 25 August 2003
Personal details
Born 1935 (1935) (age 80)
Nationality Burmese
Relations Alexander Abel[1]
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Religion Roman Catholicism
Military service
Allegiance Myanmar
Service/branch Myanmar Army
Rank Brigadier General

David Oliver Abel (born 1935) is a retired Brigadier General in the Myanmar Army and a former cabinet minister, posts in the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.[2] He attended the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) from 1952 to 1955.[3] He was considered the country's economic czar throughout the 1990s.[4] Abel retired from the State Peace and Development Council and vacated his position as the Minister of the Chairman's Office on 25 August 2003.[5]

He is a Roman Catholic of Anglo-Burman heritage.[6][7] Abel's father is an Indian Catholic, but he does have some Jewish ancestry.[4]


  1. ^ Lintner, Bertil (16 November 2007). "Memoir to Bachoe". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Soe Than Lynn (25 October 2010). "‘Good economists’ needed for parliament". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Burma’s Former ‘Economic Czar’ on a Short Leash". The Irrawaddy. November 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gillick, Jeremy (July–August 2010). "Letter from Myanmar". Moment. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Khin Nyunt (23 August 2003). "Permission granted for retirement". State Peace and Development Council. Government of Myanmar. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Don't Be So Impatient'". Asiaweek. 2000. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Steinberg, David I. (2001). Burma, the State of Myanmar. Georgetown University Press. p. 73. ISBN 9780878408931.