This year at DAC there was a new area of the show floor called Global Forum. For the first day of the show it was all blocked off with black curtains, but come 5pm the mayor of Austin, Lee Leffingwell, opened everything up, cutting the red ribbon with the largest pair of scissors I've ever seen.
In the Global Forum were representatives from a couple of dozen different countries that have a presence in EDA, semiconductors or electronics. A few of the pods were unmanned since people from those countries were unable to get a visa from the US in time to attend, but almost every pod was manned (or womanned) by someone from that country who was knowledgeable about what was going on in their home country. And it was not just the usual suspects like Taiwan, China or India. There were representatives from Peru, Morocco and Saudi Arabia, for example, not the first countries that spring to mind.
The Global Forum was sponsored by GlobalFoundries (both GF, I guess) and by ATIC which is the parent company that own the majority of GlobalFoundries and has sunk a lot of money into the company, in particular to build a huge new fab in Saratoga in upstate New York.