He said the situation in Latin America is "particularly bad" as the region has become the "centre of the pandemic" in recent months. The effects of the pandemic will result in a regional contraction of 9.1 per cent this year, according to ECLAC.
Ocampo said that regional economic deterioration due to the crisis has been "brutal," with plummeting employment and an increase in inequality.
A basic income should be "on the agenda of the countries of the region," he added, explaining that informal workers have been one of the hardest-hit groups during this crisis.
The former ECLAC head said that the region needs productive policies that are "much more ambitiously oriented, or intimately articulated."
On Friday, the forum released a statement in which it stressed the importance of examining how to implement individual economic reactivation plans, as the same model will not work in every situation.
"It must be one that arises from social dialogue, that favours governability, that stimulates public-private dialogue, and shapes social rights to prevent new crises from bringing so much pain to millions of Chilean families," the statement said.