Published Sunday, 10 March 2013
NI leaders Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness pictured in Brazil. (© Presseye)
The ministers will promote links through economic development, trade, tourism, the universities and sports while touring São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro.
The trip is part of the leaders' wider international objectives aimed at promoting Northern Ireland in the world's fastest growing economies, which are commonly referred to as the BRIC - Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Mr Robinson said: "Our Programme for Government placed our economy as the key priority. We will leave no stone unturned as we continue to identify new markets and promote Northern Ireland in Brazil.
"Northern Ireland has a lot to offer potential investors with our skilled work force and world class education system. Brazil is a major player on the world stage and I look forward to a very informative and productive visit," the DUP leader added.
Mr McGuinness continued: "As the fifth largest country in the world and a population in excess of 191 million Brazil is a key market for us. We will meet with the Brazilian government, business leaders and universities and avail of every opportunity to promote the north of Ireland.
"The only way to develop international relationships is through face to face meetings. Our presence here demonstrates to the Brazilians that we are committed to exploring mutually beneficial opportunities to grow our economy."