|Minister for National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar|
|Minister of the State Peace and Development Council Chairman's office|
|Minister of Finance of Myanmar|
|Minister of Commerce of Myanmar|
|Spouse(s)||Khin Thein Mu|
|Alma mater||Royal Military Academy Sandhurst|
|Years of service||-1991|
David Oliver Abel (Burmese: ဒေးဗစ် အေဘယ်လ်; 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. He was considered the country's economic czar throughout the 1990s. 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.
Abel was born in 1935 in Insein, near Rangoon, but his family's roots were in Maymyo (now Pyin Oo Lwin). Abel's father, Alfred T. Abel was a Burma Railways engineer, while his mother Daw Chai, was a senior school teacher. Avek matriculated from Maymyo's Saint Albert's Catholic Missionary School in 1951. He then studied medicine at Mandalay College but did not complete his degree because of an ongoing insurgency in Upper Burma. He then attended the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) from 1953 to 1956, graduating with an economics degree.
Abel retired from the Tatmadaw in 1991 as a Director General of Procurement, with a rank of Brigadier General. Throughout his military career, he served in various civil administration posts. He was appointed by the State Law and Order Restoration Council to serve as a cabinet minister for the Ministry of Commerce (Burma), the Ministry of Finance (Burma), Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, and the Ministry of State Peace and Development Council's Office before retiring in 2003. Abel founded the military conglomerate, Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings, in 1990, along with 12 joint venture companies, and served as Chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission until 1997.
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