The Agency also has plans to extend its coverage to other countries on the African continent.
Dr Bernard Otabil, General Manager of GNA announced this on Monday when the Italian Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Laura Carpini paid a courtesy call on him at the GNA headoffice in Accra.
The visit was to afford the envoy the opportunity to familiarise herself with the operations of the Agency, as well as explore opportunities for the exchange of news and information between the GNA and her home country.
Dr Otabil stressed the importance of training and capacity-building for journalists, and noted with
dissatisfaction that the media training institutions in the country had no specialised curriculum for news agency journalism.
He therefore announced that the GNA would soon establish a training school to provide special courses for the Ghanaian media, as well as in-service training for its own journalists, to keep them in tune with the rapidly changing global media landscape.
Ms Carpini expressed appreciation to the management of GNA for the hospitality accorded her, and expressed the hope that the collaboration between the Agency and her outfit would grow from strength to strength.
She said there was a large population of Ghanaian residents in Italy, adding that there should be a way of meeting the information needs of those residents about their home country.
The Ambassador observed that Ghanaians were respected mostly by the Italian public for their prowess in sports, particularly football, but that there were obviously other productive activities in Ghana about which very little was known in Italy.