Police and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash is on his way to the US and Mexico where he'll be discussing law enforcement and economic issues.
In Los Angeles and Mexico City the Napier MP will meet federal and state officials to discuss liaison arrangements for criminal investigations, efforts to combat organised crime, and cooperation in other areas such as border protection and counter-terrorism.
In Mexico City he will chair a session at an OECD conference and participate in other discussions on strengthening frameworks for small businesses.
Mr Nash will also host a meeting of New Zealand business owners in the city to discuss opportunities and challenges in the Latin American market.
He'll be holding bilateral meetings with his ministerial counterparts from Argentina and Mexico.