Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is in New York this week for a five-day trade mission ahead of a major investment conference next month.
Mr McGuinness, together with First Minister Peter Robinson. will attend a series of meetings and engagements with potential investors and leading American business figures during the visit.
While in New York the pair will also meet with Dr Richard Haass, who is heading up key talks on parading in the North. They will also meet Mayor Bloomberg and the outgoing chair of the American Ireland Fund, Loretta Brennan Glucksman.
The First and Deputy First MinIsters will also address the sixteenth annual Irish America Wall Street 50 awards ceremony where they will meet top business leaders.
Mr McGuinness said; “It is important we visit the United States of America in advance of the Investment Conference in October and ahead of the Executive Party Group meeting with Richard Haass next week.
“The USA has played, and continues to play, a key role in the achievement of peace and economic development in the north of Ireland. We have enjoyed a unique relationship which, in a world characterised by change, is something we value highly.”