JOHANNESBURG - Former United States of America President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said on Thursday that healthy societies are built by a functioning, effective and honest government, a productive, dynamic and successful private sector; and a flourishing civil society.
Speaking at the Discovery Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, the Clintons said they were hopeful about democracies around the world but cautionary, among other things about ungoverned technology and artificial intelligence possibly threatening job security in economies such as South Africa's.
Hillary said government under President Cyril Ramaphosa was hopeful for South Africa after a difficult prior decade.
"What citizens want to see is hope that is tethered to results. Part of what is going on in Europe and the US is that democracy is not delivering the kind of results that people want. Some of what they want is not as basic as other places, like South Africa, where you first have to deal with inequality, lift people up and create a diverse and inclusive society," she said.
Bill warned against “ardent populists” and singular narratives creating perceptions that situations were worse than they are.