Honorable Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Guyana
Sydney Allicock is a pioneer of community-based tourism in Guyana. He initiated the development of the Indigenous organization of leaders of the North Rupununi Communties, Guyana, and North Rupununi District Development Board. He led the development of the first and only Indigenous Training Institute in Guyana, The Bina Hill Training Institute. He led the Surama community in implementing a sustainable tourism project considered a model for development of the country’s interior. Sydney articulates and promotes a vision of indigenous rural community development based on communal effort, wise use of natural resources, traditional knowledge and social systems, and equitable partnership with outside agencies. Sydney’s work has been recognized through awards, with notable recognition including The Anthony A. Sagba Award for Excellence in 2010; the Guyana Medal of Service for work in community development in the North Rupununi in 1994; the ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ Award from the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana in 1999; Awards from the Guyana Ministry of Amerindian Affairs for community development in 2003 and 2006; The Community Tourism Award from the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana in 2006; The Community Tourism Award from the Guyana Tourism Authority in 2008; and The Responsible Tourism Showcase Award from the US Educational Travel Conference (ETC), New Orleans, USA in 2009. Currently, Sydney is the Indigenous representative on the Iwokrama International Board of Trustees and the Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs of the Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.