In 2009, the Turkish economy ministry compiled a list of countries to define the most potential export markets. The final list had 17 target countries and 27 priority countries. The list has gone through some dramatic changes since it was first compiled, according to daily Hurriyet, with the new list showing Turkey's new priorities. The ministry rated the countries not only by the size of the market and transparency but also by their political ties with Turkey. The countries were also evaluated by how much potential there is for Turkish companies in the capital movements, trade and legal infrastructure, construction services, energy policies and investments. The ministry included factors like the global economic difficulties and the changing global economic, social and political atmosphere in the list during the 2010-2011 period. Some countries have been removed from the list altogether since 2009 and some countries have been given a downgrade.
Canada, Jordan, Qatar and Algeria faced a downgrade from 'target' to priority' countries recently and were replaced by Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Ukraine and South Africa. Japan, which was not in the list of priority or target countries at all in the previous period, was upgraded to a target' country.
Syria, Georgia, Kosovo, Croatia, Tunisia, Senegal, Lebanon, Oman and Pakistan were removed from the 'priority' country list all together. The new priority countries in the list are Kuwait, Argentina, Colombia, Romania, Angola, Germany, Slovakia, Ethiopia and Singapore. The priority countries that maintained their status were Peru, Mexico, Sweden, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Chile, Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. Countries that stayed in the target countries list were China, India, the United States, Russia, Iran, Nigeria, Libya, Poland, Brazil, Poland and Saudi Arabia.(ANSAmed).